Astro-nomical numbers

Houston holds homefield advantage throughout playoffs

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The 2019 season is a numbers game for the Houston Astros.

The 107 wins are a franchise record.

Their three-consecutive 100+ win seasons are the sixth in Major League Baseball history.

Four players (Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel, George Springer, Alex Bregman) have more than 30 home runs.

Justin Verlander threw his 3,000th strikeout and pitched his third no-hitter. A group of Astros pitchers also combined for a no-hitter.

Gerrit Cole became the first player in MLB history to have nine consecutive double-digit strikeout games and is the fourth with 21 or more double-digit strikeout games in a single season. He tossed 326 strikeouts this year.

The Astros set a single-game scoring record with 23 against the Orioles.

These and many more records add up to make the Astros the No. 1 seed throughout the playoffs.

Houston’s bid to “Take it Back” gets on track Friday when they host the Tampa Bay Rays. Game 2 of the best of five series will be Saturday at Minute Maid Park. Games 3 and 4 are away and Game 5, if necessary, will be home on Friday, Oct. 10.

The winner of the divisional series will face the winner of the series between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees for the American League Championship Series and the right to go on to the World Series.

On the National League side, the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Washington Nationals. The winner of that series will meet the winner between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

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