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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 10/8/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros
Date & Time Tuesday October 8, 2019, 4:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field
Saint Petersburg, FL
The Line
HOU -240 O/U 7.5
TV Channel
FS1
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The Houston Astros are set to visit Tropicana Field in Saint Petersburg, Florida for game 4 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 2-1 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-3. Zack Greinke received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he struggled as he gave up 6 earned runs in 3.2 innings. Yuli Gurriel had a solid game from the plate for the Houston Astros as he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

The Houston Astros are set to start Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 7 scoreless innings while striking out 8 batters against the Tampa Bay Rays. Justin Verlander had success in his 17 road starts this season as he went 11-2 with a 2.82 ERA.

The Tampa Bay Rays come into this matchup with a 1-2 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 3 against the Houston Astros, 10-3. Charlie Morton received the starting nod for the Tampa Bay Rays as he gave up 1 earned run while striking out 9 batters in 5 innings. Kevin Kiermaier had a big game from the plate for the Tampa Bay Rays as he contributed 1 HR and 3 RBIs.

The Tampa Bay Rays are set to start Diego Castillo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) who had success in his latest appearance as he went 1.2 scoreless innings while giving up 1 hit against the Houston Astros. Diego Castillo had success in his 35 home appearances this season as he went 5-3 with a 3.38 ERA.

The Houston Astros did not play their brand of baseball in game 3 as they let the Tampa Bay Rays put up 10 runs on them, but I wouldn’t expect similar trends to follow here due to the pitching mismatch. Justin Verlander has been dominant all season long, but we saw what he can do against the Rays in game 1 as he went 7 scoreless innings. The Tampa Bay Rays will go with an opener with Diego Castillo, but that could lead to problems as the strong Houston bats can make the Rays dig deep into the bullpen. The Astros will punch their ticket to the ALCS with a big-time win on the road.

Pick:
Houston Astros -240
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