Astros put three touchdowns on the Arizona Cardinals … I mean Diamondbacks, and now the Magic Number is down to two.
All the Twins fans here in the Great White North are a little upset with the Astros right now. And now Houston just needs to win out … or have one win with an Angels’ loss … to get that final wild card spot.
Technically, the division is still up for grabs. But that seems like a long shot at this point.
Here’s a couple of things to think about as we face the final two games of the season:
1. Did Dallas Keuchel just put the exclamation point on his Cy Young resume? He’s 20-8, his ERA is 2.48. He’s a Gold Glove-caliber fielder. He’s led a rag-tag bunch toward the playoffs. He’s got a great beard. Is it his?
2. With 22 home runs, Carlos Correa is probably the best rookie in Astros history. Jeff Bagwell, in his ROY season, hit .294/.387/.437 with 15 HRs and 82 RBIs in 156 games. Correa won’t play 100 regular season games, but his numbers are pretty good. His .282 average and .848 OPS compare well with Bagwell. The 22 HRs tops Baggie, but the extra games helped Bagwell outpace Correa in RBIs (67). Who was your favorite Astros rookie of all time?
3. Tonight Collin McHugh takes the mound. His ERA is just under 4.00, but 18-7 is still 18-7. I know wins aren’t the thinking man’s stat, but a win to McHugh tonight puts the Astros one lousy victory away from having two 20-game winners. When was the last time the Astros had a rotation this solid? Probably 2005. I know this isn’t Roy Oswalt, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. But I don’t think Brandon Backe, Wandy Rodriguez and Ezekiel Astacio really hold a candle to Scott Kazmir, Lance McCullers Jr. and Mike Fiers (or Scott Feldman).
4. If Houston has to go to Yankee Stadium, do you want to see Keuchel on short rest, Kazmir or McCullers? Saving Keuchel for a divisional series Game 1 would be optimal, but you need to get to that game first. Meanwhile, Kazmir has the experience, but McCullers has been pretty amazing at times.