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Feeling “a ton better” than last season, Yuli Gurriel will face a key year in his career

Feeling “a ton better” than last season, Yuli Gurriel will face a key year in his career

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Astros need Gurriel at the top of his game this time and he needs the same to make them exercise his club option for 2022. Yuli Gurriel was one of the hitters that had an off year in 2020 for the Astros. After an acceptable first month of the shortened season, the Cuban fell off the earth and finished his regular campaign with a .232/.274/.384 slash line that made people wonder if it was a product of being 36 years old. However, right before the postseason, the Astros handed Gurriel a contract extension that he didn’t...
Feb 23, 2021
Evaluating candidates: Who should be the Astros’ closer?

Evaluating candidates: Who should be the Astros’ closer?

Photo by Matt Thomas/MLB Photos via With Ryan Pressly leading the group, Steve Cishek, Pedro Báez, and Joe Smith are in the mix as well. A few days ago, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom suggested Ryan Pressly was the leading candidate to be the team’s closer in 2021. However, Strom brought four other veterans to the conversation: Joe Smith and newcomers Pedro Báez and Steve Cishek. On Crawfish Boxes, we’ve brought to you the best things of this group to evaluate who should close games for the Astros this upcoming season... Ryan Pressly Stat you should know: 1.13...
Feb 22, 2021
5 Marlins storylines to watch entering 2021 Spring Training

5 Marlins storylines to watch entering 2021 Spring Training

Photo by Michael Starghill/MLB Photos via From their potential closer to Jorge Alfaro, there will be interesting stories to follow between now and Opening Day. After a stressful 2020 season and relatively quiet winter, Spring Training is finally here! The Marlins are having their first full-squad workout on Tuesday and we can already inhale and smell baseball. Major league spring camp brings with it some stories that will develop through March and should help Don Mattingly put the final pieces of this team’s Opening Day roster together. Let’s dive right into them...
Feb 17, 2021
Three stats that will make you love newest Marlin John Curtiss

Three stats that will make you love newest Marlin John Curtiss

Photo by G Fiume/ Control, lefty domination, and great performance under pressure. Curtiss was great in ‘20 and will try to be successful again in ‘21, now with the Marlins. As we let you know earlier, the Marlins acquired righty reliever John Curtiss from the Tampa Bay Rays to bolster their bullpen, a transaction that might easily lock in their relief staff for the upcoming 2021 season. And even though Curtiss hasn’t had a long track of success in the Majors, he was fantastic for the Rays last year out of the ‘pen. By taking a look at his 2020 stats, we found...
Feb 17, 2021
Five Astros’ stories to follow in ‘21 spring training

Five Astros’ stories to follow in ‘21 spring training

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Players such as Yordan Álvarez, Myles Straw, and Forrest Whitley will get all the looks during camp. With pitchers and catchers reporting today, Astros’ spring training is officially underway! Until the end of March and starting tomorrow with their first workout, we’ll be following some important stories for Houston entering the 2021 regular season. Let’s take a look at five of them... 1. Yordan Álvarez’ status Photo by Michael Reaves/ The 2019 American League Rookie of the Year underwent surgery in both of his...
Feb 12, 2021
Dylan Floro, another exciting piece for the Marlins bullpen

Dylan Floro, another exciting piece for the Marlins bullpen

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Acquired via trade from the Dodgers, here’s your newest Marlin. Let’s get to know him. On Friday, the Marlins acquired veteran reliever Dylan Floro from the Dodgers in exchange for pitchers Alex Vesia and Kyle Hurt. This is probably one of the final changes to the major league bullpen as Miami’s first offseason under GM Kim Ng nears its end—one you should be excited about. New addition to the family, Dylan. See ya in spring! pic.twitter.com/8SOWrhFBlq— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) February 12, 2021 Why? Well, Floro is an affordable...
Feb 11, 2021
Is Adam Duvall really a good pick-up for the Marlins?

Is Adam Duvall really a good pick-up for the Marlins?

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Duvall remains a powerful hitter, but showed potential signs of decline in 2020. On Tuesday, the Marlins got the corner outfielder they were looking for. They added slugger Adam Duvall on a one-year deal for an affordable amount of money ($5M guaranteed, only $2M of which counts toward their 2021 payroll). But did they do well? Could Duvall be a success in the Marlins uniform? Even though I hope so, I have my doubts. Duvall is certainly a upgrade for the Marlins considering the right field alternatives such as Lewis Brinson and even Monte...
Feb 10, 2021
The Astros could hit the jackpot with Steve Cishek

The Astros could hit the jackpot with Steve Cishek

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Houston made a good beat by signing 11-season veteran Cishek to a Minors deal. On Tuesday, the Astros inked righty reliever Steve Cishek to a Minor League deal (NRI) that will pay him $2.25MM with incentives if he makes the Major League roster. Even though that’s not the signing you might have been expecting, it could be a pretty good one for Houston. Think of Cishek as a low-risk bet that could go really well for the Astros. We all know that if the veteran sidearmer pitches as he did in 2020, there will be nothing to be happy about. He wasn’t...
Feb 9, 2021
Three key factors for the Astros to be successful in 2021

Three key factors for the Astros to be successful in 2021

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Forrest Whitley, Yuli Gurriel, and José Altuve will be among the key players for Houston in the upcoming season. The 2021 regular season is almost around the corner. Spring Training camps will open in less than two weeks and pitchers and catchers will be the first to report and get ready for a long, beautiful season. The Astros will begin the upcoming campaign with a different scenario and with the sense that they’ll have to be better if they want to win the AL West. As we know, George Springer is no longer with the team, Justin Verlander won’t...
Feb 7, 2021
Garrett Cooper NEEDS to play every day for the Marlins

Garrett Cooper NEEDS to play every day for the Marlins

Photo by Michael Starghill/MLB Photos via The 30-year-old is one of the best hitters on the Marlins team. Finding consistent at-bats for him will be one of Don Mattingly’s main objectives in 2021. Without making too much noise, Garrett Cooper simply makes the Marlins a better offensive team when he’s in the lineup. Writing his name into the batting order for every single game this season will be a complicated scenario considering the presence of Jesús Aguilar and removal of the designated hitter from the National League, but Don Mattingly needs to find a...
Feb 5, 2021
It’s time to understand the sign-stealing scandal is behind the Astros

It’s time to understand the sign-stealing scandal is behind the Astros

Photo by Harry How/ 2021 will be a challenging time for the Astros, but also a new opportunity to prove how big of a heart this team has. In 2021, the Astros won’t face easy circumstances. They won’t have George Springer anymore, they’ll play without Justin Verlander in the final year of his contract, and will have Carlos Correa, Zack Greinke, and Lance McCullers Jr. playing in their walk year. But those are things every team goes through sometimes. What the Astros can’t allow themselves to worry about is the sign-stealing scandal that needs to be part of the...
Feb 4, 2021
Understanding the Marlins’ current outfield circumstances and who might be expendable

Understanding the Marlins’ current outfield circumstances and who might be expendable

Photo by Michael Starghill/MLB Photos via The Marlins have new plans for right field in 2021 in case they don’t get a new corner outfielder. Let’s dive right into it. When it comes to the outfield, the Marlins know something for sure: Corey Dickerson will start in left and Starling Marte will do so in center. But what’s uncertain to this point is who their right-fielder will be. According to the Miami Herald, the team is still pursuing a veteran bat to play right field in 2021. But if they don’t get one via trade or free agency, they have the plan of using a...
Feb 3, 2021
You gotta love the Marlins’ approach to finding new relievers

You gotta love the Marlins’ approach to finding new relievers

Photo by Elsa/ The Marlins are showing that they can identify useful relievers without breaking the bank. The Marlins are not gifted with the biggest budget in baseball. They would never be confused with the Yankees, Dodgers or Angels, but at least for now, no one expects them to be. To this point, Miami has worked to be efficient in how they’ve gone about addressing their needs, particularly the bullpen. The Marlins haven’t been in the running for top-tier arms (i.e. Liam Hendricks or Brad Hand), but that doesn’t mean they’ve done a bad job. Recently, the team...
Feb 2, 2021
Who’s next? Upcoming Astros players on the Hall of Fame ballots. (Poll included)

Who’s next? Upcoming Astros players on the Hall of Fame ballots. (Poll included)

Photo by Omar Rawlings/ Michael Bourn, Chad Qualls, and Carlos Beltrán will soon get their first try. Besides the guys that already appear on the ballots —such as Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Jeff Kent, though they were part of the team for only a few seasons—, there were no notable Astros players on the Hall of Fame ballots this time. It’s time to look beyond 2021 and see who are the next former ballplayers to join the list and dream of HOF glory. For the 2022 ballots, we’ll see former center-fielder Michael Bourn, who made his debut and spent four years...
Feb 1, 2021
An ideal scenario for the Marlins’ second base job in 2021

An ideal scenario for the Marlins’ second base job in 2021

Photo by Mark Brown/ With Isan Díaz, Jazz Chisholm, and Jon Berti battling for the 2B duties, here’s an idea for Don Mattingly. We’re closing in on the first exhibition game of 2021 Spring Training (exactly when that will be is currently being negotiated). The Marlins will probably wait until deep into camp to decide on their starting second baseman. So far, according to General Manager Kim Ng, there are three clear candidates: Isan Diaz, Jazz Chisholm, and Jon Berti. At least to this point, Díaz might have an edge to win the everyday job. Why? He’s older...

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