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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 6, 2023

Remember yesterday? The day there was no baseball? Yeah. We got another one.

Will Ronel Blanco be amongst those chosen to represent on Houston’s ALDS roster?
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Which players will Houston leave off their ALDS roster?

Unlike a three-game series, when you can afford to carry only three starting pitchers, a five- or seven-game series requires a minimum of four. That leaves the other 22 slots open for discussion. Will Houston opt for an eight-man bullpen with a bench five deep, or will they split the roster with 13 hitters and 13 pitchers?

Houston Astros News

Correa vs. Astros? Phils-Braves rematch? That’s just the start

Astros have healthy respect for Twins: ‘They look legit’

How Astros postseason showdown distills into two make-or-break categories (SportsMap)

After Twins advance with great pitching, they’re hoping for more hitting in ALDS (Star Tribune)

Astros postseason 2023: Defending champs begin bid to snap 23-year World Series title repeat drought (ABC13)

How ALDS opponent leaves Astros, Dusty Baker with intriguing tactical options (SportsMap)

Astros Superfan Makes Another Huge Wager on Team (Sports Illustrated)

Michael Brantley ready for full postseason, but where does he fit? Astros notes (The Athletic)

Dusty Baker must utilize Astros’ Michael Brantley carefully during playoffs (Sportskeeda)

Astros’ Hector Neris receives final Mariners brawl decision ahead of ALDS vs. Twins (ClutchPoints)

How MLB’s decision on Astros ALDS will certainly be a hot topic for debate (SportsMap)

AL West News

Joe Lacob reiterates interest in A’s, but no indication Fisher would sell (The Mercury News)

A’s Make 40-Man Changes (Sports Illustrated)

Buck Showalter, Former Mets Manager, Interested in Los Angeles Angels Job (Sports Illustrated)

Perry Minasian in No Rush to Choose Next Manager of Halos (Yardbarker)

Extra Innings podcast: Analyzing all that went wrong in Mariners’ end-of-season press conference (The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mariners’ Dipoto: ‘We are going to add from the outside’ (Seattle Sports)

Evan Carter, Josh Jung get big hits in AL Wild Card Series

Max Scherzer chomping to return to action for the Texas Rangers (Nolan Writin)

MLB News

With ‘right ingredients,’ Hyde turns O’s from 100-loss to 100-win team

This Orioles team is stellar. Their fans are interstellar

Conventional? No. But Dodgers like pitching staff’s postseason makeup

Do Braves have the best first-inning offense ever?

Eppler steps down as Mets general manager

‘They’re going to have to beat us’: D-backs aim to flip script vs. LA

ALDS, NLDS times announced for games through Tuesday

Houston Astros Birthdays


LHP Darren Oliver (53) played for nine teams over a 20-season MLB career, including the Astros for nine games in 2004. He struck out 13 in 14 innings, with a 1.143 WHIP and a 2.98 FIP.

C Jerry Grote (81) started his MLB career with the 1963 Houston Colt .45s and ended in 1981 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 103 contests over two seasons, he hit .182/.241/.261 with three home runs and 25 RBI.


RHP Mike Foltynewicz (32) pitched in 16 games for Houston in 2014, striking out 14 in 18 23 innings. He later played six years for the Atlanta Braves and was last spotted at the major league level in 2021 with the Texas Rangers.

LHP Butch Henry (55) took 28 turns in the rotation for the 1992 Astros, going 6-9 with a 4.02 ERA and 96 K’s in 165 23 innings.


3B Enos Cabell (74) played in 1,067 games for Houston from 1975 through 1984, slashing out a .281/.313/.381 line with 45 jacks and 405 RBI. He stole 191 bases and led the National League with 660 AB in 1978, resulting in a few down-ballot MVP votes.

Poll Section!

Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins


Who’s gonna take it? And how long will it take them?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Houston in three
    (10 votes)
  • 64%
    Houston in four
    (102 votes)
  • 20%
    Houston in five
    (32 votes)
  • 2%
    MInnesota in five
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    Minnesota in four
    (7 votes)
  • 2%
    Minnesota in three
    (4 votes)
159 votes total Vote Now

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles


Who’s gonna take it? And how long will it take them?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Texas in three
    (2 votes)
  • 6%
    Texas in four
    (9 votes)
  • 16%
    Texas in five
    (25 votes)
  • 37%
    Baltimore in five
    (56 votes)
  • 34%
    Baltimore in four
    (51 votes)
  • 4%
    Baltimore in three
    (6 votes)
149 votes total Vote Now

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves


Who’s gonna take it? And how long will it take them?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Atlanta in three
    (16 votes)
  • 40%
    Atlanta in four
    (56 votes)
  • 24%
    Atlanta in five
    (34 votes)
  • 18%
    Philadelphia in five
    (26 votes)
  • 4%
    Philadelphia in four
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Philadelphia in three
    (1 vote)
139 votes total Vote Now

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers


Who’s gonna take it? And how long will it take them?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Los Angeles in three
    (22 votes)
  • 30%
    Los Angeles in four
    (42 votes)
  • 10%
    Los Angeles in five
    (14 votes)
  • 31%
    Arizona in five
    (43 votes)
  • 7%
    Arizona in four
    (10 votes)
  • 5%
    Arizona in three
    (7 votes)
138 votes total Vote Now

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