The wild-card race

These four teams are vying for the second, and final, wild-card spot:


Houston (80-71)

Games remaining: five home, six road


Why they’ll make it: Their power will overwhelm opponents and their pitching will hold up. And they’re up by three games.


Why they won’t: They are young and prone to strikeouts.


Twins (76-73)

Games remaining: six home, seven road


Why they’ll make it: Rookies such as Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario and Tyler Duffey being fearless.


Why they won’t: The starting rotation fails to get on a roll.


Los Angeles Angels (76-74)

Games remaining: six home, six road


Why they’ll make it: Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are an unstoppable 1-2 punch.


Why they won’t: Their lineup includes seven other spots.


Cleveland (74-74)

Games remaining: seven home*, six road

*-If needed, Cleveland would host Detroit Oct. 5 to make up for a Sept. 12 rainout.


Why they’ll make it: The best starting rotation of the contenders.


Why they won’t: First-half run production problems return.