Astros vs. Diamondbacks: 10 things to watch

With their playoff hopes fleeting after a 6-3 loss to Houston last Monday putting them 3.5 games out of the last wild-card spot and five games behind the division leading Texas Rangers, the Angels rallied to take the next two games form the Astros and have now won six straight to crawl within 0.5 games of Houston and two games of the Rangers. They began the day a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, and stayed 1 1/2 games in front of Minnesota. Seattle sits at fifth with 191 home runs this season and Houston ranks second with 217.


Washington seemingly threw in their towel last week and let it boil over last Sunday with the dugout stewing of disruptive closer Jonathan Papelbon and he confronted team superstar Bryce Harper about his effort on a groundball out.

As you know, Keuchel went 2-0 in his two starts against the Yankees, tossing 16 shutout innings while allowing nine hits, striking out 21 and walking one. That’s what I thought. The Angels will run out of real estate, as far as season length goes, and a banged-up pitching staff ultimately leaves them on the outside looking in. “I can’t really chalk it up to anything”.

Somewhere in the rest of the non-Astros part of this big state, Rangers fans might be asking the same thing about their team.

Gregory Polanco drew a one-out off reliever Colin Balester and Marte hit the next pitch for the game-winner.

“Keuchel is not easy to hit”, Choo said.

Jake Marisnick gave Houston the lead with a two-out, two-run double in the second.

Finally, NotGraphs may have died a premature death, but Carson Cistulli is still around to remind baseball Internet about the glory of Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus.

It was the left fielder’s 19th home run of the season and third career walk-off shot.

The Astros are tied with the Blue Jays for the best home record in the American League at 53-28 as of September 30th.

Rougned Odor opened the Texas eighth with a triple off Oliver Perez and scored two batters later on Delino DeShields’ grounder, making it 3-2.

In such a scenario, the Angels would have the choice to be team A, B or C. If they chose A, they would play a home game against team B, and if they win that game, they would have another home game against team C for the right to move on. “There’s nothing safe in baseball”, Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Kevin Sherrington plays the role of cautious doomsayer and gets you prepped to vomit on yourself and everyone you love by warning of the hard charging Anaheim Angels. The Twins must take what’s given to them. All that’s left to do is play out the string before a long winter full of figuring out how to make 2016 a happier story. De La Rosa allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings in his lone start against the Astros when he received a no-decision July 31.WALK-OFFS1. “I think it’s time to finish what we started”. “Having said that, he has pitched real tough against us”. Thus, in what I hope to be an annual tradition here at Sports On Earth, three days out, we’re gonna put together a ranking of the most compelling/enticing/vital games on Sunday. Since they would have to play two games anyway, they might as well choose to be the home team, right?


The Angels, meanwhile, fell to four games behind the Rangers with only three games remaining. He has won his last three starts and needs four innings to pass 200 innings for the season. Houston fans should be paying careful attention to the Twins, who sit a single game back and would host a one-game tiebreak with the Astros on Monday.