If that scenario played out the galaxy would likely burp us all up into deep space, but after a short regrouping period, there'd be quite a bit of baseball to play. One minor development: The Twins pretty much ruined the Indians' chances, as they are five games back of the Astros with seven games to play and two other teams to leapfrog.
The Astros will try to hold on to their slim wild-card lead when they conclude a three-game series with West-leading Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Martin Perez was on-point in Sunday's loss to the Astros, yielding two runs (none earned) on five hits over six innings. It's about competing. These guys, they've never taken that approach. When the Astros mustered a threat in the sixth, putting runners on the corners with one out, Perez responded by striking out Colby Rasmus before getting Gonzalez to ground out meekly to third base. Tropeano pitched good enough for the Angels in his last appearance, giving up two unearned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Astros on Wednesday in a game Los Angeles won 6-5. The lefty retired 15 straight batters after walking Elvis Andrus in the second inning. It's OK, though, we're going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning, and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network as well as from elsewhere. Dallas Keuchel is a solid pitcher. The Rangers pushed the lead to 3-0 on an RBI single by Rougned Odor. They have Cole Hamels scheduled to pitch Tuesday, and the lefthander is 5-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 10 starts since the trade that injected life into Texas' season.
Keuchel set a team record for most strikeouts by a left-hander in a season when he fanned Mike Napoli in the first. Against Seattle this year, Houston is 10-6 overall and 3-3 in Seattle.
Jake Marisnick gave Houston the lead with a two-out, two-run double in the second. The Rangers play three games against Detroit and four games against the Angels.
Houston at Seattle (9 p.m., no local TV): The Astros again showed why they have had such a turnaround season in their 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Monday: Good pitching and plenty of power. "We hope that early in the next series he can test it out in a game", Hinch said. The Yankees have a four-game series at home against the Red Sox starting Monday. He'll carry a 4.77 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 44/23 K/BB ratio (across 71 2/3 innings) into his final start of the season, a Friday home date with the Angels.
Because the Angles have the best' combined record against all the teams involved, they will have a choice of opponent for the additional games played on Monday 5 October: play at home against Houston or host Minnesota (they could also play on the road against Texas, but that would be silly). He is winless in his last seven starts dating back to July 29 and is 0-2 with a 3.24 ERA in four September outings.