Houston Astros are really close to clinching the AL West

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros are close to clinching the AL West after last night’s 6-4 win over the Angels. What’s the magic number? Let’s talk about it a bit.

The Houston Astros were able to secure their 101st win of the season with a 6-4 decision over the Los Angeles Angels last night.  Although the score would indicate that the game was close, the Houston Astros were in the driver’s seat for the duration.

It was an impressive output of offense for this team and they got the action going early.  I was in attendance of last night’s game and before I could finish grabbing my refreshments at the concession stand, Jose Altuve had belted out a homer to set the tone for the entire game.

He typically has been the guy through the years and I’m really happy that he’s in his stride at this point in the season.  Remember last season?  He was struggling with his knee injury and he just didn’t quite look like himself out there but through hell and high water, there was no way you were going to take No. 27 out of the lineup.  That’s who he is and I totally admire him for how he leads by example.

The game then followed up with Alex Bregman — I’m still in line at the concession stand — as he hit a home run out to the left field.  And you know what?  Carlos Correa hit another homer, bringing in Yordan Alvarez and himself in.  After Josh Reddick singled to bring in Aledmys Diaz, the score was already 5-0 and I hadn’t even gotten back to my seat yet.

That’s how dynamic this team is and if you’re not in your seat when the game starts, you could be

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missing out some great things happening because of the sheer power of this team from top to bottom.

But speaking of that, the Houston Astros have already won 100+ games and they’ve already clinched a playoff spot but what about the AL West division?

With 8-0 win the Oakland A’s had over the Rangers last night, the magic number is now down to ONE so if they win today, they’ll seize the division and still have a great shot to secure home-field advantage throughout the postseason if they keep winning games.

After this three-game set at Minute Maid Park to close out the season, they have a two-game series on the road against the Seattle Mariners and four-game set against the Angels to close out the season.

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All of those games are winnable and the Houston Astros could have as many as 109 games under their belt, easily good for the best record in franchise history.

Could they do it?  I think it’s extremely possible as neither opponent will be going to the postseason and they’ll be packing their bags after next week.

I’m just excited that the Houston Astros have a chance to make this mark!  Let’s go!