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Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 10/5/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Saturday October 5, 2019, 9:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
HOU -320 O/U 7.5
TV Channel
FS1
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The Tampa Bay Rays are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for game 2 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros. The Tampa Bay Rays come into this matchup with a 0-1 record in the series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 1 to the Houston Astros, 6-2. Tyler Glasnow received the starting nod for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he struggled as he gave up 2 earned runs in 4.1 innings. Austin Meadows had a solid game from the plate for the Tampa Bay Rays as he contributed an RBI double.

The Tampa Bay Rays are set to start Blake Snell (6-8, 4.29 ERA) who struggled in his latest start as he gave up 2 earned runs in 2.1 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. Blake Snell struggled in his 1 start against the Houston Astros during the 2019 season as he gave up 5 earned runs in 6 innings.

The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 1-0 record in the series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 1 against the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-2. Justin Verlander received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he had success as he went 7 scoreless innings while striking out 8 batters. Jose Altuve had a big game from the plate for the Houston Astros as he contributed 1 HR and 2 RBIs.

The Houston Astros are set to start Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he gave up 1 earned run in 5 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. Gerrit Cole had success in his 2 starts against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2019 season as he is posting a 3.55 ERA.

The Houston Astros showed why they are the top team in the AL this season as they dismantled one of the best pitching teams in the MLB during game 1 of the series. The Astros have one of the best rotations in baseball, and they will display their depth with Gerrit Cole on the mound who finished the regular season with a 20-5 record and a 2.50 ERA. Sure, Blake Snell may be the defending Cy Young winner, but he has not lived up to those expectations this season with a 4.29 ERA which will open up the flood gates for the Astros. I expect the home team to win this game in blowout fashion as the Rays don’t have the bats to keep this game anywhere close.

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5 (-145)
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