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Game 48 Thread, September 15, 2020, 7:10 CDT. Rangers @ Astros

The Astros embark on the final phase of the short season against the Rangers

MLB: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Today begins the last leg on the race for the playoffs in 2020. This is the first of 13 games in 13 days which will determine whether the Astros can maintain their 2.5 lead over the Seattle Mariners for second place in the AL West. Dropping to third will almost certainly disqualify the Astros for a playoff berth.

The Astros desperately need to reverse the momentum of their 2 -9 road trip, but facing the Rangers at home may be just the spur they need.

Jose Urquidy makes his third start for the Astros tonight. In 9.2 innings he has allowed four runs as he gradually adapts to game conditions after missing most of the season due to COVID.

Urquidy’s mound opponent is Kyle Cody, who also has pitched 9.2 innings this year but has only allowed one run.

Here’s the Astros lineup. Wow. Except for no Yordan, this looks like the Astros lineup at full strength. ALTUVE IS BAAAAAACK.

For Your Viewing and Listening Pleasure

Game 1: Tuesday, September 15th @ 7:10 pm CDT

Listen: Rangers - 105.3 The Fan, KFLC 1270 / Astros - KBME 790 AM/94.5 FM HD-2, KTRH 740 AM/99.1 FM HD-2, La Ranchera 101.7 FM/850 AM

Watch: Rangers - FSSW / Astros - ATT SportsNet-SW