In September, the Giants and Astros play six more times. "We're pretty evenly matched," says Davis. "A lot depends on whether Clark and Mitchell can keep hitting. If they can, then they deserve to win." The Giants' pitching appears to be in much better shape than it did a week ago—Knepper will contribute, and Dravecky, Reuschel and Kelly Downs may be back in the rotation fairly soon. The Giants also have the schedule in their favor: 29 of their 51 remaining games are at home, and they have the best home record in baseball, 36-16.
As for the Astros, they missed a neat opportunity to gain on the Giants, but they did survive. Or, as Yogi would put it, "Mmmm mmmm mmmm."