The Astros have five games left this season, and still, somehow, they’re in the playoff hunt. Lance Berkman emerged from his September slump to hit a two-run homer into the left field façade in the first inning – his first homer in 37 at bats. And behind Randy Wolf’s 6.2 innings of stellar pitching – I never thought I would write that phrase – the Astros shut out the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 for the win last night.
So with five games left, the Astros find themselves 3.5 games behind the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets came back to tie the Chicago Cubs 6-6 in the eighth inning last night, but due to some Michael Bourn-type base running in that inning, and due to three runs surrendered by the bullpen in the top of the tenth inning, the Mets lost 9-6 while CC Sabathia, pitching on short rest, led the Milwaukee Brewers to the 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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The Astros are still in a must-win situation. And with time quickly coming up on the end of the season, the Astros better not lose anymore games. Roy Oswalt (16-10, 3.60) gets the start against Johnny Cueto (9-13, 4.62) tonight. – John Royal