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By now, it’s obvious second baseman Jose Altuve was born for October. His walk-off two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning delivered the ALCS-clinching Game 6 win, 6-4, over the New York Yankees on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

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It’s difficult to remember a time when Astros’ batters last looked this lame and lifeless. Give credit to the Yankees pitchers and defense; they went out and achieved what seemed like the impossible — they completely shut down the Astros’ ballyhooed offense.

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Gerrit Cole's 7.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and a walk, and his 15 strikeouts set a new franchise playoff record, topping Mike Scott’s 14 strikeouts on Oct. 8, 1986 in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. Cole is only the seventh pitcher in postseason history to throw 15 or more strikeouts allowing a walk.

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For fans and players who may have forgotten, playoff baseball is a different animal. Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon was never going to be a 15-2 rout that the Astros made all too common during the regular season. But, that doesn’t mean the Astros were all that much less comfortable.

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What the Houston Astros have done this season is nothing short of spectacular — a franchise record 107 wins, two pitchers leading all American League Cy Young Award contenders, an AL Rookie of the Year shoe-in, an AL MVP candidate, and a batting order drawing legitimate comparisons to the ’2…

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The Astros had their champaign- and beer-drenched fun in the clubhouse, but also behaved like a group that is a far distance away from being content with Sunday’s achievement or any achievements that are made in the regular season.

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While the Houston Astros have now hit the century mark on wins — their third straight season to do so — and have the AL West all but clinched, there is still plenty of intrigue to be had in the final nine games. Here are three things to watch as the regular season comes to a close.

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As the season rolls on and the Texans are, hopefully, contending for a sixth AFC South title, they won’t look back at how they won this week’s game; they’ll just be grateful that they have this one in the win column.