Astros manager A.J. Hinch was quick to joke that his team appreciated the scheduled off day it enjoyed Monday, one that came on the heels of Houston claiming the American League West title on Sunday, allowing the revelry to linger a bit longer. On Tuesday, it was back to business for the Astros, with
Houston Astros' George Springer, left, touches home plate to score as Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith reaches to tag him during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Houston. David J. Phillip, AP
Matthew Pouliot offers up thoughts on Lucas Giolito, Byron Buxton and Aaron Wilkerson in this week's notes.