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Snake Bytes 10/18: Astros Look To Clinch

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After taking the rain delayed Game 4 from the Yankees, the Astros find themselves one win away from another trip to the Fall Classic, and hand the ball off to their ageless ace

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

No Dbacks news today, which is not unexpected given the time of the year. However, I am going to leave this article here. Doesn’t specifically related to the Diamondbacks, but a lot of you are invested in this as well, and based off the findings of this study, maybe a little too much...

(Arizona Sports) Study: ASU-UA is top rivalry in USA, Valley fans show hate toward LA

A study by professors at Western Carolina have determined America’s greatest rivalry. And it’s not Lakers-Celtics, Giants-Dodgers or Michigan-Ohio State. Yep, the Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats hate one another more than any other pair of fan bases. Chief reason for that is the two rivals don’t have other rivals.

(CBSsports.com) Yankees’ CC Sabathia exits ALCS Game 4 with injury in what could be the final game of his lengthy career

Following the game Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Sabathia exited with a shoulder injury. He has been dealing with a degenerative knee condition for years now, but he was also left the ALDS roster with a shoulder problem. The Yankees did not announce the nature or severity of the injury.

(MLB.com) Eager to end ALCS, Astros turn to Verlander

The relentless Astros shook off some early wildness from Zack Greinke and flexed their muscles in a relatively smooth 8-3 win Thursday night at Yankee Stadium to claim a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series -- with the added luxury of Justin Verlander looming as the Game 5 starter Friday night and Gerrit Cole likely in line for a Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday night.

(SNY.com) Why MLB cleared Astros of wrongdoing in alleged sign-stealing in ALCS against Yankees

It was reported by SNY’s Andy Martino that the Yankees were not happy with a whistling sound that came from the Astros’ dugout that was believed to be sign stealing. After an investigation, though, the MLB found no violations. Martino confirmed that the MLB investigated the situation and found no wrong doing on the Astros’ front. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the investigation taking place.

(Beyond the Box Score) Do the Nationals (or Astros!) have the best “Big Three” ever?

The incredible front three starters have been the story all season for the Nationals. By WARP, Strasburg was the top pitcher in MLB this season. Scherzer has unquestionably been the best hurler of the past half decade or so. Corbin didn’t disappoint as the highest paid free agent pitcher from last offseason. These three aces have been the best trio of starting pitchers we’ve seen in a long time... with one exception … The Houston Astros