2019-10-10 18:07:00 EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for game 5 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros. The Tampa Bay Rays come into this matchup with a 2-2 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 4 against the Houston Astros, 4-1. Diego Castillo received the starting nod in the opener role for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he had success as he went 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out 3 batters. Tommy Pham had a solid game from the plate for the Rays as he went 3 for 5 with 1 HR and 1 RBI.
The Tampa Bay Rays are set to start Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 4.15 ERA) who struggled in his latest start as he gave up 2 earned runs in 4.1 innings against the Houston Astros. Tyler Glasnow had success in his 6 road starts this season as he went 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA.
The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 2-2 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1. Justin Verlander received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he struggled as he gave up 4 earned runs in 3.2 innings. Robinson Chirinos was responsible for the lone score of the game for the Astros as he contributed a solo-HR.
The Houston Astros are set to start Gerrit Cole (1-0, 0.00 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 7.2 scoreless innings while striking out 15 batters against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gerrit Cole had success in his 17 home starts this season as he went 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA.
The Houston Astros were embarrassed on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays, but they have the chance to right the ship here at home with one of the best pitchers in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays were able to score 14 runs in 2 games against Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander, but Gerrit Cole should be locked in after seeing what happened to the rotation. Tyler Glasnow recovered well from his injury, but he was roughed up against the Astros to open the series which could give the Astros the confidence they need. Overall, the Astros are the better team with the better pitcher on the mound and I expect them to move on with a win.