Mike Scott tosses a five-hitter and ties a playoff record with 14 strikeouts, beating the frustrated Mets, who accuse the Astros' right-hander of scuffing the ball in their 1-0 defeat in Game 1 of the NLCS. A Glenn Davis home run in the second inning off Dwight Gooden accounts for the lone run in the Astrodome contest.
Although the Astros finish ten games under .500, the team exercises the 2012 option on manager Brad Mills' contract and adds a club option for the following season. After a dismal 17-34 start and the loss of veterans Roy Oswalt to the Phillies and Lance Berkman to the Yankees, the first-year skipper pilots Houston to a 59-52 record after June 1.
Cleveland's season-ending Game 3 loss to the Astros in the ALDS on Indigenous Peoples' Day marks the last time the Chief Wahoo logo appears on the team's uniform. The charactiure, first used in 1954, frequently adorned the Indians' hats and jerseys for over half a century.