There were several games played on the night of October 1 that had playoff implications. There were potential clinchers and jockeying for playoff seed position.
The Astros are playing their last series as a member of the National League. And if they lose one more game, then they will stand alone as the worst team in the history of the franchise. Currently they are sitting on 106 losses, tied with the worst Astros team ever, the 2011 club.
The American League is getting a shell of a formerly proud team next year.
But this dreadful team has found an interesting time to play some of their best baseball of the year. They have won four of their last five games, including back-to-back shutouts.
Starter Lucas Harrell went six strong shutout innings against the Cubs, striking out seven in the process. He finished the season 11-11. Avoiding a losing record and winning in double digits is impressive on a 106-loss team.
Fernando Martinez homered for the Astros and Matt Dominguez hit an RBI triple as well.
The Cubs lost for the 100th time this season. In the Cubs storied—yet not exactly glorious—past, they have lost 100 or more games only twice before.
Only the 1962 and 1966 Cubs lost more than the current squad.
So this series is essentially the matchup between the first and second pick in next year's draft. And if that isn't good October drama, then I just don't know baseball.