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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 18th, 2019

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Astros News

It was all about the long balls as the Astros handled the Rangers to get their 99th win on the season (Sports Radio 610)
And though he didn’t contribute much, it was nice to see Correa back in the lineup for that one (Astros.com)
Gerrit Cole as the #1-B starter in the Astros’ rotation should strike fear in the hearts of other playoff teams (Sports Illustrated)
They should also be a little nervous about Ryan Pressly and Brad Peacock, who are both drawing closer to a return from the IL (Houston Chronicle)
The same cannot be said for Collin McHugh, who has been shut down for the season and possibly the rest of his Astros career (NBC Sports)
Here’s some speculation on which teams the Astros might want to face in the ALDS (Houston Sportsmap)
Houston is on the cusp of becoming the first MLB team to ever go a whole season without issuing an intentional walk (The Hardball Times)
After a few big trades everyone seems to think the farm is barren, but that’s simply not the case (Forbes)
Just ask the Astros’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, Abraham Toro and Cristian Javier (Houston Chronicle)
Or these two players that look like they may be Yordan Alvarez clones (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

The Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez is facing charges of sexually assaulting a minor and, if true, probably the end of his career (ESPN)
No matter how it all shakes out legally, there’s almost definitely a punishment coming down from the league on this (Sports Illustrated)
Severino made his return to the Yankees’ rotation last night and looked good in 4 innings against a depleted Angels team (ESPN)
But does his return elevate the Yankees over the Astros? (FOX Sports)
Either way, it doesn’t help that they lost Dellin Betances in a freak injury (MLB.com)
After looking like they were done for the year, the Brewers have stormed back to tie the Cubs for a Wild Card spot (Sporting News)
The grandson of Carl Yastrzemski made his grandpa proud by launching a homer at Fenway Park (CUT4)
Cavan Biggio has become the second Biggio to hit for the cycle in the majors (MLB.com)
Roberto Clemente was an activist ahead of his time (La Vida Baseball)