The Indians have been on a historic run, winning 17 games in a row. During that time, the Astros were 9-8.
Finishing atop the AL standing is a cool factoid, but more importantly, the road to the World Series gets far tougher in the second or third spot. The top team faces the wild card teams, New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins. While the Boston Red Sox will await the second place team.
Doesn't Ervin Santana or Masahiro Tanaka sound way better of an opponent than facing Chris Sale twice?
The Astros still have a 100 percent chance of winning the AL West, per Fangraphs. And Fangraphs still projects a higher percentage of making the World Series (21.4%) than Cleveland (19.6%). So there's that.