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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 2, 2023

Welcome to the playoffs.

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Welcome to the postseason!

It wasn’t always easy, and it wasn’t at any point a foregone conclusion, but in the end, the Houston Astros ended the season where they ended last season, in first place. I know a lot of us here in fanland came into this season treating the playoffs like a birthright, but we should know that in beisbol, anything can happen, and pride goes before the fall. We’re just lucky that our collective schadenfreude didn’t come back to haunt us. Now it’s Seattle’s fanbase (and to a lesser extent, Arlington’s) that’s forced to deal with copium. There but for the grace of God.

Although maybe it’s true that we should have known better, in the end, it turned out pretty good. Now we have a week of playoff baseball without the pressure of living and dying with every pitch. It’s time for playoff baseball!

Houston Astros News

AL West champs! Astros claim division title on final day

‘We never stopped fighting’: Astros seize AL West title in Game 162

Winners and losers from MLB’s final regular-season weekend as Astros take AL West, stars say goodbye (CBS Sports)

‘Wanted that division title’: Dusty Baker’s Astros rally to win AL West on season’s final day (USA Today)

Astros Put Through Ridiculous Ringer with Home Run Call (Sports Illustrated)

The Houston Astros Clinched The American League West On The Final Day Of The Season, But Did Texas Fumble (Barstool Sports)

AL West News

Oakland Athletics taking on unconventional process for planning new Las Vegas ballpark (Sports Business Journal)

Angels close losing season with a home win over Oakland (LA Times)

Athletics OF Esteury Ruiz sets AL rookie steals record (Sportsnaut)

Brodie, Stew recap A’s 2023 season, hand out awards to top players (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Too much had to go right for the Angels in 2023. Why it ended up wrong once again (LA Times)

Scott Servais reflects on season | 10/01/2023 | Seattle Mariners

Mariners look to 2024 after disappointing end to 2023 season

Why Texas Rangers shouldn’t regret celebrating their playoff clinch despite losing AL West crown (KVUE)

Texas Rangers fan guide: Hop on the playoff bandwagon (Dallas Morning News)

MLB News

All 12 postseason lineups and pitching staffs, ranked (tl;dr — Houston is fourth and seventh, respectively, Texas is seventh and 11th)

Fill out a postseason bracket and compete to win $50,000!

Every postseason team’s case for winning the ‘23 World Series

The most essential player for every postseason team

Here are your 2023 MLB stat leaders

Arraez captures back-to-back batting titles

Braves tie mark for team homers, finish with record .501 SLG

Full schedule for 2023 MLB Postseason

Houston Astros Birthdays

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (30) has had some trouble staying fully functional through his tenure with the team, but when he is available, he’s arguably a top-of-rotation guy. A career 1.251 WHIP and 3.35 FIP go along with a 10.0 K/9, a 2017 All-Star selection, and a seventh-place finish in the Cy Young Award vote in 2021 (with an AL-leading 6.8 H/9).

SS Oswaldo Navarro (39) played in 14 games for the 2010 Astros, where he was one-for-20 with five walks.

Left-side IF Ernie Riles (63) enjoyed a nine-season, five-team major league career, including 39 games for the 1992 Astros. He was 16-for-61 with four RBI.


Who is your pick for Houston’s MVP (position player) this year? (minimum 100 PA)

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    Kyle Tucker
    (152 votes)
  • 3%
    Yordan Alvarez
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Alex Bregman
    (5 votes)
  • 11%
    Jose Altuve
    (28 votes)
  • 0%
    Jose Abreu
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Chas McCormick
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    Yainer Diaz
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Martín Maldonado
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Jake Meyers
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jeremy Peña
    (1 vote)
  • 12%
    Mauricio Dubón
    (31 votes)
  • 0%
    Corey Julks
    (0 votes)
250 votes total Vote Now
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