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Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 10/4/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Friday October 4, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
HOU -210 O/U 7
TV Channel
FS1
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The Tampa Bay Rays are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for an ALDS clash against the Houston Astros. The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to continue their success after winning the AL Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics, 5-1. Charlie Morton received the starting nod for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he had success as he went 5 scoreless innings while striking out 4 batters. Yandy Diaz had a big game from the plate for the Tampa Bay Rays as he went 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs.

The Tampa Bay Rays are set to start Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.78 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 4.1 scoreless innings while giving up no hits against the Toronto Blue Jays. Tyler Glasnow had success in his 1 start against the Houston Astros during the 2019 season as he gave up 1 earned run in 5 innings.

The Houston Astros ended the 2019 regular season with a 107-55 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after ending the regular season with a win against the Los Angeles Angels, 8-5. Gerrit Cole received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run in 5 innings. George Springer had a big game from the plate for the Astros as he went 4 for 4 with 2 HR and 2 RBIs.

The Houston Astros are set to start Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he gave up 2 earned runs in 6 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. Justin Verlander had success in his 2 starts against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2019 season as he is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA.

The Houston Astros have one of their best teams in franchise history, and I think they are the favorite to win the world series due to their dangerous pitching staff. The Astros have been amazing at home this season as they went 60-21, and the Tampa Bay Rays are at a disadvantage as they will be trying to come down from their impressive AL Wild Card win overnight. The Astros have a ton of hitters that can make any team pay, but the difference is the veteran Justin Verlander brings his poise and experience into this matchup.

Pick:
Houston Astros -210
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