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September 18, 2019

The Associated Press
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to the crowd as he leaves the mound after striking out Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo for his 300th season strikeout during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

An amazing season by right-hander Gerrit Cole has been punctuated by something no other Astros pitcher has done in more than 30 years.

By striking out Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth inning Wednesday night against the Rangers, Cole became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues this season, and the first Astros pitcher since Mike Scott in 1986, to strike out 300 batters in a season. Scott, who struck out 306 in his National League Cy Young season, and J.R. Richard (1978-79) are the only Astros pitchers to reach 300 in a season. (READ MORE) by Brian McTaggart | MLB.com

The Astros are going back to the postseason. I mean, we’ve known that for weeks, but now it’s official. Houston clinched a playoff spot with Wednesday’s win over the Rangers. They have not yet clinched the AL West title, however. They’ve only ensured they can finish no worse than the second wild-card team. (READ MORE) by Katherine Acquavella & Mike Axisa | CBS Sports

Welcome to the latest installment of 3 Up, 3 Down, our weekly stock watch of who’s streaking and who’s slumping throughout Major League Baseball. Our latest edition includes notes on Gerrit Cole’s dominance, Khris Davis’s return to form and Philadelphia’s fade from the wild-card race. (READ MORE) by Michael Shapiro | Sports Illustrated

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