Since the Astros and Rangers can't seem to align their good seaons together, and we'll never have an all-Texas World Series, we will have to settle for both teams having an impact in the MLB playoff race in the final three games of the season.
The Rangers have locked up their second-consecutive AL West title, and are now playing to determine if they can get homefield in the ALDS over Detroit.
Meanwhile, our friends in Houston have baseball's worst team but are playing host to the Caridinals in a series the Atlanta Braves really, really, really need for the Astros to be competitive in.
The Caridinals, which are one game back of the Braves for the NL wild card spot, close out the final three games of the season with three in Houston tonight. The Astros are coming off a 19-3 loss - on Fan Appreciation Day no less - to the Rockies.
If the Astros, which sport a healthy 55-104 record, can expect to win a game of this three-game set it would be tonight. They send Wandy Rodriguez out; how this guy has an 11-11 record on this team is one of the more remarkable stats of this 2011 season. A 3.51 ERA helps. This sure has been a good way to celebrate the team's 50th year in existence.
Big Mac Blog prediction: The Cardinals have the better manager, will win this final playoff spot, and can thank Houston for making so much of it possible.
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