Someone forget to tell the Oklahoma City RedHawks that it was a two-team race, however.
Now seven games back with just eight games to play this season, the Express and the Isotopes find themselves battling over second place, a consolation prize that does not come with a playoff spot.
Round Rock will bring an older, more experienced team to Isotopes Park in its second visit of the season. Gone are prospects like third baseman Mike Olt, traded to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal, and in are veterans like infielder Brendan Harris, just signed as a free agent.
The Express and Isotopes split the last series at The Lab from June 22-25, with Round Rock winning the first two and Albuquerque the final two games. The clubs also split the eight games in Texas earlier this season.
The final home series of the year for the Isotopes kicks off Monday night at 6:35.