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Astros Crawfish Boil: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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Houston is on their first winning streak of the season, and it didn’t happen a moment too soon. Now back within a game of .500, is the Astros traditional slow start coming to an end? Cristian Javier has his turn later today.

Houston Astros News

Ex-Astros player drops sign-stealing truth bomb, shuts down Jose Altuve-buzzer theory (

Former Houston Astros slugger Evan Gattis talks cheating, using PEDs and accuses Los Angeles Dodgers of having a similar sign-stealing system (

Alvarez, Tucker lead Astros past Pirates 8-2 (

20 questions about the Houston Astros (

Why was Jeremy Peña dropped out of the Astros’ leadoff spot? (

Houston Astros: Roster shortcomings limit Dusty Baker’s options (

AL West News

Mariners Table Setter: 3 things to watch coming off 1st series win (

Andrés Muñoz is on the injured list. What does it mean for the Mariners’ bullpen? (

Check out the newest Angels HR celebration (

Shohei Ohtani Hit One of the Most Ridiculous Home Runs of His MLB Career, and Fans Were in Awe (

Reinforcements desperately needed (

Rotation struggles continue, but help is on the way (

Andrew Heaney Breaks Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers Strikeout Record (

Garver to i.l., Leon added to roster (

MLB News

Rays ‘keep it rolling,’ become 1st MLB team to open 10-0 since 1987 (

SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler criticizes MLB’s Anglocentric umpiring (

MLB Power Rankings: Undefeated Rays jump to No. 1; Astros crater while Brewers skyrocket (

That game Sunday had a bit of a “sleeping giant starts to wake up” feeling to it

MLB batting average up 16 points, game time down 31 minutes (

Álvarez’s promise evident in 2023 debut (

Houston Astros Birthdays

April 9

1B/LF Nate Colbert (1946-2023) began his eventual 10-season MLB career in 1966 with the Houston Astros. In 39 games that season and in 1968, he went 8-for-60 from the plate with one double and four RBI.

Mike Brumley (60), an infielder whose dad is also Mike Brumley, played for six teams over an eight-season career. In 26 games for the Astros in 1993 and in 1995, he went four-for-28 with one home run and four RBI.

RHP Dennis Sarfate (42) pitched in 92 games for three teams over a four-season career in the majors. In 2007 for Houston, he pitched in seven contests and allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out 14 in 8 13 innings.

April 10

Joe Gibbon (1935-2019) played four four teams over a 13 year major league career. In 1972, he saw his final major league action with the Astros, pitching in nine games and allowing eight earned runs in 7 13 innings. He struck out four and allowed 13 hits and five walks.

Bob Watson (1946-2020) played 14 of his 19 major league seasons with the Astros, twice making the NL All-Star team as a left fielder and first baseman from 1966 through 1979. In 1,381 contests for Houston, he hit .297/.364/.444 with 139 jacks and 782 RBI.

April 11

Jayden Murray (26) is currently at the Triple-A level with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys In nine innings he's struck out six and allowed a 1.111 WHIP.

Jeff Calhoun (65) pitched in 73 games for Houston from 1984 through 1986. In 105 23 innings, he struck out 72 while compiling a 2.64 ERA and a 1.202 WHIP.

RHP Sean Bergman (53) played in eight major league seasons, including 1998 and pre-trade-deadline 1999 with Houston. In 50 games for the Astros, including 43 starts, he whiffed 138 batters in 271 innings, racking up a 1.406 WHIP, a 16-15 record, and a 4.32 ERA.

RHP José Cisnero (34) pitched in 2013 and 2014 for Houston, appearing in 33 contests in relief and striking out 46 in 48 13 frames, with a 4.66 ERA and a. 1.717 WHIP. After being completely out of baseball for several years, he redebuted with the Detroit Tigers in 2019, and is currently a big part of their bullpen.