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How the sign-stealing scandal impacts Cole's decision to return to the Astros

The cheating allegations shine a bad light on the Astros organization, but how do the accusations affect the players themselves?

With Gerrit Cole currently deciding the direction his future will go, the allegations might throw off Houston's chances of bringing him back.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank and Raheel Ramzanali discuss if the cheating allegations make it less likely that Gerrit Cole will re-sign with the Astros. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing

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Astros magic number down to two. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

With no game on Monday, the Astros are rested and back in action Tuesday night at Minute Maid against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Luis Garcia (13-8, 3.90 ERA) will make the start for Houston, with Zach Davies (2-4, 4.03 ERA) pitching for the D-Backs. Lance McCullers was originally scheduled to pitch, but was scratched due to an "illness."


Magic number: 2

The Astros currently sit atop the AL sporting a 101-53 record, 6.5 games ahead of the 94-59 New York Yankees. So the Astros could clinch the AL on Tuesday with a win over the Diamondbacks, and a Yankees loss. The Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The Yankees are 1.5 run underdogs according to online betting sites.

The Astros can also clinch by winning their next two games, regardless of what happens with the Yankees. Both the Yankees and the Astros are playing well currently, as both clubs have won 7 of their last 10 games.

With the Yankees game starting about an hour before the Astros take on the Diamondbacks, the Astros may know the results of Yankees-Blue Jays while they're trying to finish off the D-Backs. So be sure to watch tonight's Astros game because we could see some fun celebrations if the Astros manage to win and the Yankees fall to Toronto.

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