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.

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