One game away from ALCS elimination, Astros throwing away their opportunities

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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A’s home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.

SAN DIEGO — When the wheels fall off, there’s not much you can do to go anywhere you want to get to. That’s kind of where the Houston Astros find themselves after losing Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in the MLB playoffs.

The Astros have played three games of the ALCS and it’s not a wild stretch to say they could have won all three games. Instead, they’ve lost them all, and unless they prevail in Game 4, their offseason will begin Wednesday night.

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