MLB se­ries of the week

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - — Bill Shaikin

ASTROS AT DI­A­MOND­BACKS Mon­day-Thurs­day

The Astros are stag­ger­ing, but their dou­ble-digit cush­ion in the Amer­i­can League West en­ables them to coast into the play­offs. The Di­a­mond­backs also are stag­ger­ing, losers of 23 of their last 37 games be­fore Sat­ur­day, and the con­tend­ing ob­jects in their rearview mir­ror are closer than they ap­pear — their lead in the Na­tional League wild-card race had shrunk to 4½ games. Their young ro­ta­tion (Zack Greinke aside) might be fad­ing; Pa­trick Corbin, Zack God­ley, Rob­bie Ray and Tai­juan Walker each has thrown more in­nings than any Dodger ex­cept Clay­ton Ker­shaw and Alex Wood. With the club in­volved in a sta­dium lease dis­pute, a team at­tor­ney clum­sily sug­gested the Di­a­mond­backs might have to move. When your team of­fers cheap tick­ets, plays three games against the Dodgers, and can­not sell 25,000 of them for any un­til Yu Darvish pitches, well, yes, bye Feli­cia.

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