The Astros stayed ahead of the Yankees on a fluke play. The Brewers Vogt hit an apparent 2-run double for a 6-1 margin over the Astros that would have counted as a 3-game sweep. However, through the Statis-pro z-plays, he actually missed 1st base and after consulting the rules he received credit for a single but since the appeal resulted in the final out of the inning we learned the runs scored were voided and the Astros lost only 4-1 (counts as 2 games to 1 because they lost by fewer than 5). In the second game Jose Altuve hit a grandslam to give the Astros a 6-3 win and the 2 games together gave both teams credit for a 3-3 mark -leaving the Astros a game ahead of the Yankees who beat the Mets 4 games to 2 to pick up a game.
The big news after the All-Star Classic was Manny Machado being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers - giving them a slugger who can also play gold glove level (CD4) defense at third base or shortstop. That had Statis-Pro ramifications as the Orioles also lost Colby Rasmus (quit baseball), the other player who gave them the surprisingly good start. This was bad timing as they opened the second half down those two starts against the Cubs, and were dumped 4-0 and 9-3 to register as a 1-5 record to drop to 21-21. With those losses, the Statis-Pro playoffs would actually line up exactly like the actual playoffs would at the All-Star break, except that in Statis-Pro the Yankees would be the AL East winner and the Red Sox would be second place in the division to host the Wild Card game vs. the other way around in the actual standings:
|AL Team||W||L||GB||Win%||Current 6-game series||IF playoffs today|
|Houston||28||14||0||0.667||3-3 split v Milwaukee||AL West Pennant|
|New York Yankees||27||15||-1||0.642||4-2 vs NY Mets||AL East Pennant|
|Boston||25||17||-3||0.595||4-2 vs Cincinnati||Wild Card host|
|Cleveland||24||18||-4||0.571||4-2 v Pittsburgh||AL Central|
|Seattle||23||19||-5||0.548||4-2 vs San Diego||Wild Card Visitor|
|Chicago White Sox||22||20||-6||0.524||2-4 vs Washington|
|Baltimore||21||21||-7||0.500||1-5 vs Cubs||Machado (LA), Rasmus gone|
Our tally only of the NL teams we've played against AL teams shows the senior circuit is 75
-63 so far in Statis-Pro baseball.
|NL vs AL||W||L||Win%|
|Total vs. AL||75||63||.543|