First-ever playoff meeting between the businesses.
Houston led baseball with 107 wins this regular season but lost four vs. Tampa Bay; the Astros were 2-1 in house when they last played Aug. 27-29. The teams opened the 2019 season against another in St. Petersburg, so difficult to take much out of that.
The Rays hit .255 with eight home runs. Avisail Garcia, who also went yard was. Willy Adames hit .333 with a homer and three RBIs. Diaz was at .308 but played in three games. Ji-Man Choi was 5-for-18 with 2 homers and five RBIs. Austin Meadows, that headed Tampa in virtually every offensive category this year, hit on just .148.
Houston struck .266 vs. Rays pitching with 12 homers. Rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez was 4-for-11 using six runs, two homers and four RBIs in the three games he played. Alex Bregman has been 8-for-29 with two doubles and a homer. Jose Altuve struck .241 with two homers.
One huge injury notice here is that Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will play after finishing the season’s previous week because of a sore back.
The ace of tampa Bay is Charlie Morton, that rejuvenated his career the past two seasons with the Astros. By allowing one run and five hits over five innings morton won the Wild-Card game in Oakland. Once it changes to Florida, he consequently will not now be ready till Game 3 of the series.
It’ll Be likely AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander of all Houston vs. Tyler Glasnow at Game 1. Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) led the majors in wins and was first in the AL in innings (233) and WHIP (0.80) while standing second in strikeouts (300) and ERA. He has lots of play experience. Glasnow (6-1, 1.78) has none. He made just 12 starts this season because of injury; Glasnow only returned in early September and didn’t go more than 4.1 innings in four starts. He is unlikely to go deep here — the Rays have a great bullpen and manager Kevin Cash is not reluctant to pull his starters (except maybe Morton) very ancient.
Game two includes yet another AL Cy Young candidate at Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50) vs. 2018 Cy Young winner and lefty Blake Snell (6-8, 4.29) of the Rays. Snell made only three September looks at six innings and missed about two weeks because of injuries. He won’t be moving heavy, either.
Game 3 includes midseason exchange acquisition and former AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93) from Morton.
Houston gets the pitching edge that is starting that is enormous, but their turning isn’t used by also the Rays . Tampa Bay’s bullpen is going to have to be untouchable for the Rays to possess any chance. We don’t see it.
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