Welcome to the Wednesday Crawfish Boil!
Houston Astros News
Blue Jays, Astros meet in rubber match of series (deadspin.com)
2 Truths and 1 Lie About the Houston Astros (climbingtalshill.com)
Astros Insider: We All Gotta Play Better (houstonchronicle.com)
AL West News
Passan: With big week, Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic displays his star potential (sports.mynorthwest.com)
Athletics on the verge of wrong side of history after loss to Cubs (mercurynews.com)
Ranking Every MLB Player Making Over $25M in 2023 (bleacherreport.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
Aaron Pointer (81) appeared in two contests for the inaugural Houston Colt .45s and another 38 for the 1966 and 1967 Astros. He was 21-for-101 with two homers and 15 RBI.
José Cruz (49) played for nine teams over a 12-season major league career, including his final game action, with the Astros in 2008. In 38 games he was six-for-49 with 11 walks, leading to a weird .122/.283/.143 slashline. He also gave the Astros 70 innings of error-free work in the outfield.
Chas McCormick (28) has now appeared in 238 games for the Astros over the past three seasons, accruing a WAR of 4.2 according to baseball-reference.com. He’s put up a .252/.329/.429 slashline with 30 jacks and 103 RBI.
Bryan Garcia (28) played parts of the last four years with the Detroit Tigers at the major league level. He’s currently pitching for the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, where he has a 7.71 ERA through 9 1⁄3 innings.