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The Astros can be mathematically eliminated tonight

Aug 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Grim Reaper

You know the season is truly entering its final act when teams start getting mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It seems to matter, even when we’ve known for months that they were practically eliminated already.

Anyway, Bob Timmermann keeps track of such things with his MLB Death Watch feature which he has tweeted about for a couple of years, but is also posting on The Portable Griddle (RIP old Baseball Toaster Griddle).

First up for oblivion: The Astros, who will be officially out of playoff contention with a loss to the Giants combined with either a win by either the Dodgers or a win by the Cardinals.

Godspeed, Houston Astros. Godspeed.

  1. elmaquino - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM says they already are.

    • elmaquino - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Oh that’s the division. My B.

  2. biggestloser79 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    My Stros are going to start the greatest comebavk EVER

    • kopy - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      The Astros are a small market, so if that happened it would be written as someone else’s worst collapse ever. Narratives…

      • kopy - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        “Small” definitely wasn’t the right word, but you know what I mean.

      • stex52 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Mid-market. Generally rated 10th largest in the country. I think what you refer to is the old East Coast bias. But it did come up in a similar way in 2004. They went 36-10 down the stretch and were generally credited for the great performance.

        Of course, that would not begin to do the job this year.

  3. timb12 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Maybe after they’re eliminated they’ll start to tank…or rest their stars….or….wait a minute!!!!

  4. ajcardsfan - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    They’ll be eliminated, then they’ll turn up the heat against all of the wildcard teams, just to be “that guy”

  5. johnnyb1976 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Have fun in the AL Astros it’s been fun beating up on you.

    The entire NL central.

    • kkingprior - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Except the Cubs.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Great picture. Looks like the Astros ate the salmon mousse this season….

  7. stex52 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    All right everybody, keep moving, nothing to see here……………….

    • Old Gator - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      You call a pile of AAA corpses in a locker room nothing? I see a tabloid cover. I see lots of tabloid covers.

  8. natstowngreg - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Perhaps, but the Astros have not yet won the consolation prize — the #1 pick in the 2013 Amateur Draft. They lead the Cubs by 9.5 games with 33 games to go.

    • stex52 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Not a prize I generally like to see awarded to my team. But with their new broadcast agreement, they can shower those kids in money. Now if they could just figure out a way to get people to want to watch them…………..

  9. thebigcaptain2011 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    They were eliminated as soon as they decided to not field a real team this year.

  10. seeinred87 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance…

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