Friday Liftoff Links

KINGSBARNS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: James Byrne of Scotland walks off the seventh tee during the first round of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Kingsbarns Golf Links on September 29, 2011 in Kingsbarns, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

While you were enjoying your first free evening of Astros baseball I was putting together these links to start off your offseason right.

 

Probabilities

Reliving The Final Day in the AL, Visually | FanGraphs Baseball
One of the positives for the Astros is that they were involved in something huge for baseball in the remaining days of the season. While the Astros flopped the final two days to Cardinals Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn all left their mark on the remaining days of the season. Even if they're playing for other teams this is something to be proud of. I realize this is an article about the AL which always seems to get more coverage, but I guess I wanted to highlight the Astros affect on the NL wild card race.

It Happens Once Every 250,000 Septembers - Beyond the Box Score
Once in a lifetime doesn't even get at it. The odds of both the Sox and Braves missing the playoffs, as well as the odds of both the Rays and Cards making it, together, are positively staggering.

 

 

Reliving One Crazy Night

Drama of Rays, Red Sox and Braves made for unforgettable final day - Tom Verducci - SI.com
If you missed Wednesday nights games here's a recap of what happened on that extraordinary evening.

Joe Blogs: Baseball Night in America
A more specific in-depth look at the final night of the regular season.

About Last Night... - Beyond the Box Score
If you aren't reacting to last night, you should go find a different sport to watch. Because Wednesday night was everything that any baseball fan could possibly ask for.

 


Looking Ahead

Who Should You Root for in the Playoffs? - Beyond the Box Score
Did your favorite MLB team miss the playoffs? Use this formula to figure out who you should root for this October.

Arbitration Eligibles: Houston Astros: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
Astros arbitration eligible players. It's a sad list.

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