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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros Preview and Predictions 10-10-2019


The Tampa Bay Rays look to complete a remarkable comeback when they visit the Houston Astros, who had a major league-best 107 victories in the regular season, for a decisive Game 5 of their American League Division Series on Thursday. The Rays were outscored 9-3 to lose the first two games of the series in Houston before bouncing back to take the next two at home while holding the high-powered Astros to four total runs after a 4-1 win Tuesday.

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"I don't know if anybody has us getting to Game 4," Tampa Bay catcher Travis d'Arnaud told reporters after the latest victory. "Nobody had us to Game 5. I know we all believe in each other and even showing up to the field, nobody thinks we're going to lose today. ... We're ready to shock the world." That will be a stiff challenge for the Rays in the deciding game when they face Gerrit Cole, who was dominant with 15 strikeouts to win Game 2 on Saturday, while Tampa Bay is expected to send fellow hard-throwing right-hander Tyler Glasnow to the hill to start - followed by their talented bullpen. Houston was 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position, leaving 20 on base, in the last three games and could use a boost from George Springer (2-for-17 in the series), Michael Brantley (2-for-16) and Josh Reddick (0-for-7) in Game 5. "Winner takes all," Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who is 5-for-13 in the series with a homer, told reporters. "It's going to be a fun game at Minute Maid Park, our favorite place to play, and we're looking forward to it. It's going to be a blast."

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. Astros RH Gerrit Cole (1-0, 0.00)

Glasnow blanked Houston over the first four innings of Game 1 before a walk, a strikeout and Jose Altuve's two-run homer ended his day in the fifth. The 26-year-old California native struck out five, gave up four hits and walked three in his first career playoff appearance after a regular season in which he missed almost four months with a forearm strain before returning in September. Glasnow was 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA in six starts on the road during the regular season and beat the Astros on March 30 with five innings of one-run ball at home.



Cole looks to match his performance in Game 2 after limiting the Rays to four hits and one walk over 7 2/3 sparkling innings, evening his postseason record to 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts. The 29-year-old UCLA product led the majors with a career-best 326 strikeouts and reached 20 victories for the first time during the regular season, going 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA at home. Kevin Kiermaier had a double in Game 2 against Cole, who was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts versus Tampa Bay in the regular season with 24 strikeouts over 12 2/3 total innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Altuve, who had 18 of his 31 homers at home this year, owns at least a hit in all four games with a pair of home runs.

2. Tampa Bay LF-DH Tommy Pham is 9-for-21 with a pair of homers in the postseason after going deep Tuesday.

3. Including the playoffs, the Astros are 62-21 at home while the Rays boast a 49-35 record on the road this season.

Prediction

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Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 43,836

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Last Injuries

Houston Astros

  • Josh Reddick

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Reddick is not expected to suit up against the Yankees in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series as he is to be rested.

  • Collin McHugh

    Elbow
    out for season | 10-day IL

    McHugh is on the 10-day injured list due to right elbow discomfort and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to season-ending right shoulder surgery.

  • Carlos Correa

    Back
    Prob Fri | probable

    Correa is sidelined due to tightness in his lower back, but he is expected to return to action for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Yandy Diaz

    Foot
    Out Thurs | out

    Diaz has soreness in his left foot, and he will not play in Game 5 of the American League Division Series versus the Astros.

  • Eric Sogard

    Foot
    Out Wed | out

    Sogard is sidelined due to a bone bruise in his right foot. He will not be available for the American League wild-card game against the Athletics.

houston-astros Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Yordan Alvarez 84 80 302 58 98 26 0 27 78 205 0 87 0 .325 .679 .421
Michael Brantley 146 141 568 87 177 39 2 21 86 283 3 65 2 .312 .498 .373
Yuli Gurriel 141 140 553 84 166 40 2 30 102 300 4 64 3 .300 .542 .345
Jose Altuve 121 118 488 88 145 25 3 30 70 266 6 80 5 .297 .545 .353
Alex Bregman 153 153 547 119 162 37 2 40 110 323 5 82 1 .296 .590 .420
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Will Harris 66 0 176 59 0 42 6 0 14 0 0 0 14 924
Roberto Osuna 65 0 192 72 2 44 8 0 20 0 0 1 12 951
Hector Rondon 61 1 179 48 3 56 10 0 25 0 0 5 19 981
Chris Devenski 60 1 204 72 3 68 13 0 39 0 0 13 21 1134
Ryan Pressly 53 0 157 70 0 37 6 0 15 0 0 2 12 816
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 112 104 3 45 12 6 0 4
Max Stassi 31 26 1 17 3 2 0 2
Garrett Stubbs 18 6 0 3 1 1 0 0
Abraham Toro 24 20 0 0 0 2 0 0
AJ Reed 14 13 0 0 0 1 0 0

tampa-bay-rays Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Johnny Davis 5 0 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.000 1.000
Oliver Drake 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Wilmer Font 14 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Nick Solak 31 30 109 19 33 5 1 5 17 55 2 29 0 .303 .505 .402
Austin Meadows 136 127 522 82 153 29 7 32 88 292 12 129 7 .293 .559 .366
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Chaz Roe 69 0 152 65 1 48 3 2 26 0 0 11 30 914
Emilio Pagan 65 0 207 95 1 45 12 1 19 0 0 2 13 1060
Diego Castillo 64 6 205 80 5 57 8 4 31 0 0 3 25 1097
Colin Poche 50 0 150 70 5 31 9 1 27 0 0 6 19 848
Oliver Drake 49 0 162 66 1 35 8 1 19 0 0 1 19 917
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Mike Zunino 88 77 2 25 17 6 0 5
Michael Perez 20 14 0 14 3 1 0 0
Anthony Bemboom 20 13 0 6 6 0 0 1
Nick Ciuffo 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
Adam Kolarek 24 0 0 0 0 1 0 0