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.
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.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.325 Yordan Alvarez #44 | LF
- HOMERUNS 40 Alex Bregman #2 | 3B
- RUNS BATTED IN 110 Alex Bregman #2 | 3B
- STOLEN BASES 10 Jake Marisnick #6 | CF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 21.600 Tyler White #13 | 1B
- WINS 20 Justin Verlander #35 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 122 Robinson Chirinos #28 | C
- SAVES 37 Roberto Osuna #54 | RP
TAMPA BAY RAYS
- RestQues 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.
- Elbowout 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.
- Shoulderout for season | 10-day IL
Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to season-ending right shoulder surgery.
- BackProb 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
- FootOut 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.
- FootOut 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.
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