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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 5th, 2019

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MLB: SEP 03 Astros at Brewers Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Astros News

Here are the biggest questions still facing the Astros as they roll into the postseason (The Athletic, $$$)
A different big question is whether or not it’ll be Cole or Verlander for Cy Young (Sports Illustrated)
Speaking of JV, he’s a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame at this point, but this one stat might disagree with that assessment (538 Sports)
Alex Bregman has been pretty hot in recent games, and he’s just getting started (FanGraphs)
Springer’s head injury is a sign of his devotion to the Astros, and he should be awarded accordingly (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
Astros farmhand Miguelangel Sierra learned the hard way that when you hit a homer you need to touch all the bases (CUT4)
The Astros have partnered with local rapper Bun B to design a new ballcap for the team (ABC 13)
Round Rock has announced who will be the starters for the upcoming American Conference Championship Series playoff run in the PCL (

Around the League

How do you quantify something as complicated as command for pitchers? (Six Man Rotation)
The Reds’ Michael Lorenzan became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to earn a win, play the field, and hit a home run in the same game (
Pete Alonso seems a shoe-in for NL ROTY, but should he get a look for MVP as well? (FOX Sports)
The Dodgers now own the NL record for most homers in a single season, which was previously held by the Astros (Dodger Blue)
In today’s edition of Unsurprising News, the Cubs are now regretting not trading for Verlander when they had the chance (CBS Sports)
It turns out that teams can ask for an umpire review on how many balls and strikes were called, which the Angels invoked last night (Sporting News)
Carlos Carrasco made an emotional return to the mound in Cleveland, which should give hope to cancer patients everywhere (La Vida Baseball)