Astros clinch AL Wild Card berth. Hallelujer!


The Astros lost 5-3 to the Diamondbacks in Game No. 162 at Chase Field but nonetheless clinched Houston’s first postseason berth since 2005 and the 10th in franchise history by virtue of the Rangers’ 9-2 win over the Angels.

Even in clinching an American League West title that looked for so long like it should belong to the Astros, the Rangers did not entirely wrong their in-state rivals. The Angels were the only team that could catch the Angels in the Wild Card race.

The Astros end their regular season at 86-76, a 16-win improvement from a year ago. On Tuesday, they’ll take on the Yankees at 7:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium in the one-game wild card playoff that sends the winner into the American League Division Series against the league’s defending champion, the Royals.

Getting to taste the sweet, sweet postseason for the first time in 10 years is almost sufficient to make me forget about what a travesty the Houston Texans are this year:

In the postgame news conference, he was short with his answers, and succinct in his self-criticism, hardly allowing any room for discussion of his theory that he was mostly responsible for the 48-21 shellacking.

“Terrible coaching,” O’Brien said. “(I’ve) gotta do a better job, gotta figure out what I can do better to be a better head coach of this team.”

“It starts with me. It’s a bad job of head coaching today.”

No need to argue with him about that.



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