Astros battle through playoffs against Yankees and Mets
The Houston Astros have been — and will remain — in New York spirit, taking on the Mets (two games) and Yankees (one game) this week after playing five against the same two teams last week.
Houston travels to Queens after a string of wild weekends in the Bronx, with two dramatic losses sandwiching the 14th no-hitter in the franchise on Saturday. Finally, Aaron Judge finished the game with a three-run homer in the 10th inning after coming from behind in the eighth to tie the game.
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The Astros will face the Mets (who have the best record in the NL) for two games, having won both in a two-game series last week at Minute Maid Park. On Thursday, the Astros return home to host the Yankees in a game that was postponed due to the lockout.
Houston jumped two spots in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.
Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel voted this week:
Ranking (movement since last week)
1. New York Yankees (–)
- Aaron Judge will earn $19 million in 2022 after settling before the arbitration hearing.
2. New York Mets (–)
- Max Scherzer will make at least one more rehab start before returning.
3. Houston Astros (+2)
- Cristian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly combine for the 14th no-hitter in the franchise.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (-1)
- Daniel Hudson, the Dodgers’ top reliever, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
5. San Diego Padres (-1)
- Four games at Dodger Stadium this weekend will have big implications for NL West.
6. Atlanta Braves (–)
- Dansby Swanson is gearing up for a great payday this winter.
7. Boston Red Sox (+5)
- Jarren Duran (.327 BA in 13 games) can’t play in this week’s series in Toronto.
8. Toronto Blue Jays (-1)
- After a slow start, Marcus Semien has 7 HR and an .850 OPS in his last 30 games.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (-1)
- Making his third start of the season, Jack Flaherty leaves early with a shoulder problem.
10. Milwaukee Brewers (+1)
- Defending Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes leads the Majors with 119 strikeouts through Sunday.
11. Tampa Bay Rays (-1)
- Wander Franco, who missed 23 games with a right quadriceps injury, returns to the roster.
12. San Francisco Giants (-3)
- Brandon Crawford lands on the IL for just the third time in his career.
13. Minnesota Twins (+1)
- Veteran right-hander Chris Archer has a 3.14 ERA in 14 starts.
14. Cleveland Guardians (+1)
- 2B Andres Gimenez (.313 BA, 3.1 WAR through Saturday) could be an All-Star for the first time.
15. Philadelphia Phillies (-2)
- Bryce Harper has been sidelined indefinitely with a broken left thumb. “I wish it had hit me in the face.”
16.Texas Rangers (+3)
- Nathaniel Lowe has 8 HR, 19 RBI and a .951 OPS in his last 30 games.
17. Miami Marlins (+1)
- Willians Astudillo DFA after 17 games for Miami.
18. Los Angeles Angels (-2)
- Reid Detmers fielded the Minors six weeks after his no-hitter.
19. Chicago White Sox (-2)
- Before the All-Star break, Chicago still has seven games against the Twins and four against the Guardians.
20. Baltimore Orioles (+2)
- Jorge Lopez had seven saves and a 0.00 ERA in the June 10 appearances.
21. Seattle Mariners (–)
- Jesse Winker against everyone.
22. Arizona Diamonds (-2)
- 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel struck seven in the Diamondbacks’ debut.
23. Colorado Rockies (–)
- Kris Bryant (back) nears a return to action.
24. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)
- Jack Suwinski led all rookies with 12 home runs coming in Sunday.
25. Detroit Tigers (+1)
- Riley Greene is already showing his prowess in center field.
26. Chicago Cubs (-1)
- Ian Happ reduced 0.349/0.427/0.578 in 23 games in June.
27. Cincinnati Reds (–)
28. Kansas City Royals (–)
- Salvador Perez is undergoing thumb surgery which will keep him sidelined for eight weeks.
29. Washington Nationals (–)
- Josh Bell is among the top hitters who could be traded next month.
30. Oakland Athletics (–)
- Frankie Montas might be the best starting pitcher available at Deadline.