The Astros had already handled their business by beating the Toronto Blue Jays (sorry not sorry Renee) 4-1 last night in Rogers Centre to not only win their 100th game of the season, but reduce their magic number to clinch the AL West Division title to one.
The A's were up on Seattle 8-5 in the eighth inning before the Mariners rallied to tie the game and force extra innings.
Seattle scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, then one more run in the ninth to tie the game. The Mariners then won the game in the 11th inning thanks to a walk off home run by Chris Hermann that sends to A's to the AL Wild Card Game to face the New York
It is the first time since 1997-1999 when they ruling the NL Central Division and playing games in the Astrodome that the Astros have claimed multiple division titles in a row. It is also the first time in Astros history they have had back to back 100 win seasons and only the third time in team history the 'Stros have won 100 games
The winner of the AL Wild Card Game will move on to play the AL East Champion Boston Red Sox, who have the best record in baseball this year at 106-51 with 5 home games left.
Home field for the AL Wild Card Game is more likely to be Yankee Stadium since they hold the tiebreaker over the A's after going 3-3 in their head to head matchups and having a better division record than the A's.
However, the Yankees have a brutal finishing schedule in which they play six AL East division games. Three road games against the Tampa Bay Rays and three versus their hated rivals the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.
But back to talking about my defending American League champion Astros.
FYI to you Red Sox fans: The Astros won the season series over you 4-3, and took 2 out of three games at Fenway Park.
The NL title contender with the best league record is the Chicago Cubs with 91 wins, and everyone else including the defending NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers is below that.