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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 10, 2023

Cristian Javier gets his crack at the Twins.

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It’s Astros GameDay! Remember PS Javier?

Cristian Javier gets his turn against the Minnesota Twins tonight. Remember the last time he pitched in the postseason?

There was a lot of discussion about who would be filling out the rotation after JV and FV, with three candidates aside from CJ. Namely, HB, JPF, and JU. Now, we just need to sit back, watch, and guess at which Dusty will start tomorrow afternoon.

Houston Astros News

Astros-Twins ALDS Game 3 FAQ (4 ET, FOX)

Who needs lefty relievers? Not, apparently, the Astros, even against lefty-heavy Twins (The Athletic)

Astros-Twins ALDS Game 3 preview: Pitching matchups, odds, x-factor, analysis (The Athletic)

Houston Astros 2023 Postseason is Teetering on the Birnk of Doom (Houston Press) — also, their postseason is teetering on the brink of doom.

Astros in an “anyone-can-win-it” three-game series (

Astros’ Hector Neris Reportedly Fined for Exchange with Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez (Bleacher Report)

Pablo Lopez had a perfect message after Twins dominating win over Astros (Puckett’s Pond)

After a game 2 loss, do the Houston Astros have a Carlos Correa problem? | Flippin’ Bats (Fox Sports)

Martin Maldonado to catch, Yainer Diaz to DH in Game 3 of ALDS

AL West News

Orioles-Rangers ALDS Game 3 FAQ (8 ET, FOX)

The 21-year-old stealing the show this postseason

Mailbag Monday! Could the Mariners Land Blake Snell, Rhys Hoskins, or Jung-Hoo Lee? (Fox 61)

The Mariners Will Not Win with the 54 Percent! (Sodo Mojo)

Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Mets Could be ‘All-In’ on Former Angels Star (Sports Illustrated)

Shohei Ohtani’s documentary set to air before $600,000,000-valued phenom hits free-agency (Sportskeeda)

Opinions plentiful, varied on A’s pending move to Vegas (KTNV)

Warriors owner Joe Lacob ‘very interested’ in buying Athletics if MLB team decides to sell (CBS Sports)

MLB News

Layoffs Haven’t Hindered Playoff Teams Historically (Fangraphs) With the talk over at Battery Power about how the layoff is an “advantage” for the wildcards, Fangraphs disagrees. Looks like somebody’s going to need a waaaamublance, because that level of copium must be terminal, and likely transmittable.

An ending unlike any other breathes new life into Braves

Which 0-2 comeback is more likely: Dodgers or Orioles?

These are some of the craziest double plays

Offense scuffles again as Dodgers fall into 0-2 NLDS hole

Analyzing every angle of Harris ll’s catch, game-ending double play

D-backs push Dodgers to the brink in Game 2 win

Biggest question for each ALDS team ahead of Game 3

Houston Astros Birthdays

LF Fernando Martinez (35) played in 52 games for Houston in 2012 and 2013, and hit two homers with 12 RBI while slashing .225/.285/.424)

RHP Brian Powell (1973-2009) pitched for the 2000 and 2001 Astros, striking out 17 in 34 13 innings and finishing with a 1.602 WHIP and an ERA+ of 74.

IF Rob Sperring (74) played 58 games for the 1977 Astros, hitting .186 and providing more-or-less good defense at three positions.

SS Roger Metzger (76) appeared in 1021 games for Houston from 1971 through 1978, hitting .229/.291/.291. Yeah that’s not much of a slashline is it? He did lead the major leagues in triples twice, and won the 1973 Gold Glove.

RHP Bobby Tiefenauer (1929-2000) made 43 relief appearances for the 1962 Houston Colt .45s. He struck out 60 in 85 innings and a 2.93 FIP.

C Fernando Caldera (21) has been in Houston’s rookie complex for three seasons now. This year, in the FCL, he hit .283/.387/.453 in 22 games.


Who’s your pick for today’s MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Cristian Javier
    (24 votes)
  • 9%
    Jose Altuve
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Jeremy Pena
    (1 vote)
  • 12%
    Yainer Diaz
    (9 votes)
  • 2%
    Martin Maldonado
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Mauricio Dubon
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Chas McCormick
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Michael Brantley
    (2 votes)
  • 6%
    Jose Abreu
    (5 votes)
  • 14%
    Kyle Tucker
    (11 votes)
  • 5%
    Alex Bregman
    (4 votes)
  • 8%
    Yordan Alvarez
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Pressly
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brian Abreu
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Hector Neris
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Someone else from the bullpen
    (0 votes)
74 votes total Vote Now

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