WHAT TO LOOK FOR SATURDAY
The three games today that will help settle the three-team race for the final AL wild-card spot:
Twins vs. Kansas City
12:05 p.m. (Ch. 9)
Pitchers: Twins LHP Tommy Milone (9-5, 4.04 ERA) vs. Royals RHP Yordano Ventura (12-8, 4.20)
Milone bounced back from shoulder fatigue to provide the Twins a huge lift Monday night in Cleveland, when he pitched into the sixth inning as an emergency starter. He is being called on again, this time to save the Twins' season; but even if the Twins win, they still need a Houston loss later Saturday for Sunday to mean anything. Ventura is in line to be the Royals' Game 1 starter in the Division Series.
L.A. Angels at TEXAS
12:05 p.m. (No local TV)
Pitchers: Angels LHP Hector Santiago (9-9, 3.59 ERA) vs. Rangers RHP Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.53)
Unlike the Twins, the Angels were able to pull one out in the late innings Friday, so they are one game ahead of them and one game behind the Astros. Texas still needs a victory, or an Astros loss, to clinch the AL West title. Santiago is making his sixth start of the season against the Rangers; he is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 30⅓ innings against them. Mike Trout (four) and Albert Pujols (three) have combined for seven homers off Lewis the past two seasons.
HOUSTON AT ARIZONA
7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Pitchers: Astros RHP Collin McHugh (18-7, 3.98 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RHP Jeremy Hellickson (9-11, 4.60)
Maybe the Astros got so tired hitting and running the bases in Friday night's blowout that they won't have anything left these final two games? McHugh has won five of his past six starts but has not pitched particularly well over the past four (5.70 ERA, 15 earned runs in 23⅔ innings). Houston catcher Hank Conger has two homers in four at-bats vs. Hellickson.