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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 10/7/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros
Date & Time Monday October 7, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field
Saint Petersburg, FL
The Line
HOU -145 O/U 7.5
TV Channel
MLBN
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The Houston Astros are set to visit Tropicana Field in Saint Petersburg, Florida for game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 2-0 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1. Gerrit Cole received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he had success as he went 7.2 scoreless innings while striking out 15 batters. Alex Bregman had a solid game from the plate for the Houston Astros as he went 2 for 4 with 1 HR and 1 RBI.

The Houston Astros are set to start Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 8.1 scoreless innings while striking out 9 batters against the Seattle Mariners. Zack Greinke struggled in his 1 start against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2019 season as they gave up 5 earned runs in 5.2 innings.

The Tampa Bay Rays come into this matchup with a 0-2 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent road game against the Houston Astros, 3-1. Blake Snell received the starting nod for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he struggled as he gave up 1 earned runs in 3.1 innings. Avisail Garcia contributed the lone score of the game for the Tampa Bay Rays as he pitched in an RBI in the 9th inning.

The Tampa Bay Rays are set to start Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 5 scoreless innings while striking out 4 batters against the Oakland Athletics. Charlie Morton struggled in his 2 starts against the Houston Astros during the 2019 season as he posted an 8.00 ERA.

The Houston Astros have shown why they are the best team in the AL through the first two games of this series as their amazing starting rotation has kept the Rays scoreless. The Astros will be throwing their 3rd part of their “Big 3” as Zack Greinke will take the mound, and he has been dominant this season with an 18-5 record and a 2.93 ERA. While the Rays have one of the best pitchers in the AL on the mound in Charlie Morton, I don’t believe they have the caliber of bats to compete with a team like the Houston Astros.

Pick:
Houston Astros -145
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