Entering yesterday's games, any hopes for a wild-card berth for the Astros were extremely far-fetched. After getting clobbered 12-4, any post-season chances became nearly non-existant. FiveThirtyEight lists the Astros chances of making the playoffs at less than one percent, while ESPN has the Astros odds at 0.1%. So while yes, I'm telling you there's a chance, I think its time to safely let go of this season.
The Astros are 3.5 games back from the Baltimore, who has held firmly onto the last-wild card spot. Detroit is close behind at 1 game back, and the Mariners trail 2 games. Baltimore has one final game today against the Blue Jays before closing the season in a 3 game road series against the Yankees.
The Astros late-season pitching woes continued Wednesday afternoon, as Fister was shelled for 5 hits and 5 earned runs in 1 and a third of an inning. The bull-pen couldn't pickup the slack, as Chapman, Hoyt, Harris, and Neshek all allowed runs.
It wasn't the most storybook of endings for longtime Astros announcers Bill Brown, as Wednesday marked Brown's last scheduled game before he retires.
Also of note, Wednesday marked the last game in Minute Maid that will feature Tal's Hill, as there are plans to remove it prior to the 2017 season.
The Astros will open a 3 game road trip to close the season Friday against the Angels. Peacock, McHugh, and Musgrove are the pitchers slated to close out the Astros up and down 2016 season.