And Down The Stretch They Come

After Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers, the Angels are new the biggest question mark in the race for a WC-spot, but

After Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers, the Angels are now the biggest question mark in the race for an AL WC-spot, but “it ain’t over til it’s over!”

AL West Standings, Morning, Friday, October 2, 2015:

TEAMS GAMES TO GO WINS LOSSES PCT. GB
RANGERS-y 3 vs. Angels 87 72 .547 ~
ASTROS 3 @ Arizona 84 75 .528 3
ANGELS 3 @ Rangers 83 76 .522 4

x -clinched division title; y – clinched playoff berth

The magic number for the Rangers over the Astros for the AL West title is now “1”.

The magic number for the Astros over the Angels for the 2nd wild card spot is now “3”.

Our best bet now? Let’s hope for the Rangers to punch out the Angels while the Astros win-out against Arizona. We won’t have to win a single game against the D-Backs if the Rangers now win-out, but we can’t afford to think that way. (“E” to TPPE, see PM ADDENDUM below.) The Astros need to think “win the game we are playing today” for the rest of the way – even into the playoffs, if we punch our SRO, last WC-spot ticket. We could force a one-game playoff for the AL West title by winning out, but that would require the Angels to take their last three games against the Rangers, but that is less likely to happen.

Besides, either way, our next prize could be a one-game playoff at Texas against the Rangers for the AL West berth  – or a one-game playoff in New York against the Yankees as the #2 WC team. – Here at The Eagle, we like the Astros’ chances in one road game better at New York than at Texas.

About last night. – Valbuena and Carter both made up for some bonehead fielding and costly base running earlier with some late inning HR heroics, but I still would like to see spring training next year do a little more to incorporate catching pop flies, sliding, and keeping some part of your body on the base after a close play on 2nd or 3rd in which the fielder is resting the ball on your back as you attempt to rise from the dirt.

GO ASTROS!

PM ADDENDUM: Thanks to Mike McCroskey, I have been correctively reminded that we cannot afford to think that way because the Twins also have a 83-76 record tie with the Angels. We have no choice but to win out because the Twins could still slip by us with a miraculous run of wins over the Royals at home in Minneapolis if we do not.

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3 Responses to “And Down The Stretch They Come”

  1. Mike McCroskey Says:

    Don’t forget about the Twins in your equation when you say we don’t have to
    Win a single game against the D Backs if the Rangers win out. Twins could still sneak by us to join the Yankees for the wild card game.

  2. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Thanks, Mike. You are quite right.

  3. gregclucas Says:

    I have been guilty of ignoring the Twins (sometimes even referring to the Indians as the other team in the chase.) It is just gonna take more time for me to have the interest in the AL that we all have to have since Houston’s team is now stuck in it.

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