Astros Magic Number: 0
Red isn’t quite sure how they pulled it off, but the Astros are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. They will play a Wildcard game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:08 pm. Red congratulates Mgr. A.J. Hinch and the entire ball club on surprising the baseball world. But for the September swoon they would have won the AL West going away. As it stands, fans will have to hope that they can eke out one more road win to keep the magic alive for at least a few more games.
With probable Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel on the mound Tuesday, the Astros have a shot. Keuchel has not exactly been a road warrior. Keuchel is 5-8 away from Minute Maid Park this season with all of his losses coming on the road. The good news is that this season, Keuchel is 2-0 against Los Yanquis with a 0.00 ERA. The Astros really need something like a 3 hit complete game from their Ace on Tuesday.