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When the playoffs roll around, could the Astros be on the outside looking in?

It’s a three team race now in the American League West, with the Astros suddenly looking up at both the Rangers and the Mariners.


Despite trouncing the Detroit Tigers 17-4 on Sunday, the Houston Astros suddenly find themselves looking up at two teams in the AL West: The Mariners and the Rangers.


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Despite absolutely trouncing the Detroit Tigers 17-4 on Sunday, the Houston Astros suddenly find themselves somewhere they haven't been this late in the season for quite a while now: third place in the American League West.

For nearly the entire season, the Astros have been chasing the Texas Rangers in the battle for first place. But now, they're also chasing the surging Seattle Mariners, winners of 11 of their last 12 games, including a recent three game sweep of the Astros.

The American League Wild Card standings look nearly as precarious. The Astros hold the last Wild Card spot at the moment, but the Toronto Blue Jays are nipping at their heels.

It's not out of the realm of possibilities that a month from now, Houston could be on the outside of the playoffs looking in and wondering what happened.

In the audio above, we talked it over with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and co-hosts the Bleav in Astros podcast.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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