Astros reduce playoff magic number to one


The postseason is drawing near, and it is fair to say that Lance McCullers Jr. looks ready for the moment after he struck out a season-high 11 in the Astros' 5-2 win over the A’s on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to one. It will be the sixth straight season that the Astros will play meaningful October baseball.