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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 19, 2018

A TCB Institution Returns: Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Monday, February 19, 2018.

As the title defense season prepares to get underway for your Houston Astros, we here at the Crawfish Boxes have decided to renew an informational institution in these parts: the daily Crawfish Boil.

Astros News

Svelte Martes impressing with velocity, focus

The first of two recent pieces that take a look at Francis Martes’ changes over the offseason.

Astros righty Francis Martes...

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When Verlander speaks, Astros hurlers listen

In his first Spring Training with the Astros, pitcher Justin Verlander has been spreading tons of knowledge. He was spotted Saturday getting hands-on with pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. during his bullpen session, and on Sunday, he was at his locker talking pitching with Dallas Keuchel and Gerrit Cole.

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Astros: Chris Devenski’s role in 2018 will be interesting to watch

How the Astros choose to deploy Chris Devenski in 2018 will be interesting to watch. Chris Devenski struck out 31.7% of the batters he faced last season. Only Ken Giles with 33.6% finished with a higher strikeout percentage than Devenski out of all qualified relievers for the Astros. He made short and long relief appearances. […] Astros: Chris Devenski’s role in 2018 will be interesting to watch - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Aaron Boone: Verlander right about AL going through Houston

Aaron Boone, the newest manager of the New York Yankees, agrees with Houston’s Justin Verlander. Last week, the Astros’ postseason hero wouldn’t mince words about the AL favorites.“Everybody’s gotta say stuff to get views, or get likes, or get whatever. Obviously I think we’re the team to beat, but I don’t really care whose opinion, especially people that don’t play.”But he wouldn’t stop there.“I think the American League goes through us. Obviously you know the old...

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Verlander happily imparts wisdom to hurlers

In his first Spring Training with the Astros, pitcher Justin Verlander has been spreading tons of knowledge. He was spotted Saturday getting hands-on with pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. during his bullpen session, and on Sunday, he was at his locker talking pitching with Dallas Keuchel and Gerrit Cole.

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Giles driven to rebound from rough postseason

When the final out of the World Series was recorded last year, it was starter-turned-reliever Charlie Morton -- and not closer Ken Giles -- who was getting the final out and being mobbed by his Astros teammates in the middle of the diamond.

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Hinch: Cole only needs 'tweaks,' not overhaul

Gerrit Cole has impressive credentials, which is why the Astros traded for right-hander in January. A former first-round pick, Cole won 19 games in 2015 and can throw in the upper 90s with his fastball.

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Svelte Martes impressing with velocity, focus

Francis Martes has stood out in the early days of Astros camp for how hard he's throwing the ball, but that isn't the only thing manager A.J. Hinch noticed about him. The right-hander shred a few pounds in the offseason, and he's focusing on slowing down his delivery.

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Do the Houston Astros have the best rotation in baseball?

Entering the 2018 season, the Houston Astros are one of the very few teams that did not have to make many moves this offseason to compete again. However, they had one key move that turned their already superb rotation, into the best rotation in baseball. That acquisition you ask, trading for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole. At just 27, Gerrit Cole has not even hit the prime of his career but is arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball already. He tops his fastball out in the...

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Astros, Nats reach spring naming rights deal

Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Gerrit Cole: 'He doesn’t need to be fixed'

Gerrit Cole is thrilled about the change of scenery after a down year in 2017.

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Astros weighing left-handed relief options

There will be an open competition in camp for the Astros to find a left-handed relief pitcher, though there's no guarantees they would carry one.

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Out of options, Stassi aiming for roster spot

It appears the Astros will have one roster spot open for a position player come Opening Day. Max Stassi is hoping to claim it.

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Astros should retain Collin McHugh

Pitching depth may be key to the Astros’ hopes of repeating in 2018. If you have yet to hear, Collin McHugh came out victorious in his arbitration hearing against the Astros. He will now earn $5 million in 2018, which is a $1.15 million raise over his salary from last season. Collin McHugh won his […] Astros should retain Collin McHugh - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Aaron Boone discusses Yankees’ 3B options, Justin Verlander beef

New York is rumored to be interested in Mike Moustakas, but in-house option Miguel Andujar seems to be a Boone favorite.

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Full Year of Justin Verlander Can Drive Houston Astros to World Series Repeat

No matter what, the Justin Verlander trade will always be seen as a success in Houston.

He showed up, and barely two months later the Astros were 2017 world champions. They won each of the first 10 games in which he pitched, and though he lost a tough World Series Game 6 in the Astros' first chance to clinch the title, they don't win the ring without him.

But here's where the Verlander story gets even better for the Astros: They have him for the full year in 2018. They have him as a...

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Gose brings confidence, 100-mph heat to camp

Anthony Gose, the former Major League outfielder, is hoping his electric left arm can keep his career alive in an unlikely second act as a relief pitcher. The Astros took him in the Rule 5 Draft from the Rangers in December, hoping Gose can harness his 100-mph fastball to win a job in the defending World Series champs' bullpen.

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Astros: Why the path for AL supremacy runs through Houston

At first glance, the path for AL supremacy likely involves the Astros in some shape or fashion. The Astros are projected by Fangraphs’ Depth Charts to win 98 games in the 2018 season. That’s currently the highest projected win total in baseball by three games. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, of the NL, […] Astros: Why the path for AL supremacy runs through Houston - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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McHugh wins arb case; to compete for rotation

For the second year in a row, right-hander Collin McHugh won his arbitration case against the Astros. McHugh, who had his hearing in Phoenix on Tuesday, found out Thursday afternoon the arbitration panel had ruled in his favor. He will make $5 million this year; the Astros were offering $4.55 million.

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Astros: Looking at Fangraphs’ ZiPS projections for Carlos Correa

The projections are quite favorable towards the Astros this year. As the new season draws near, FanGraphs’ annual ZiPS projections, courtesy of Dan Szymborski, have been published. To begin, let’s take a look at one of the more intriguing cases on the Astros’ roster – Carlos Correa. Correa managed to put up 6.3 WAR in 2017 […] Astros: Looking at Fangraphs’ ZiPS projections for Carlos Correa - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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