Career postseason numbers: Rodriguez and Jeter

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After briefly getting some reluctant love from Yankees fans while batting .438 with five homers and 12 RBIs through the first two playoff rounds, Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in the World Series.
Judging from the fan and media reaction Rodriguez seems to be one more 0-fer away from once again being public enemy No. 1 in New York.
With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to compare the career postseason numbers for Rodriguez and Derek Jeter …
Rodriguez: .294 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, .545 slugging percentage, .938 OPS
Jeter: .311 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .481 slugging percentage, .864 OPS
Just saying.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.