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"The Astros and Yankees have both seen injuries chip away at their short-season upside, and in recent days, have had some ugly bullpen collapses shake up the AL postseason standings. With the new postseason format, though, their true chances at a championship have barely moved at all. They’re both overwhelming favorites to make the playoffs, and once there will face the same daunting best-ofs math that all 16 teams will face. In their favor is that over the next few weeks, some of the best players in baseball -- and lesser, but still good ones -- will be returning to their regular roles in Houston and the Bronx."