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2019 ALDS Game 1
(1-0) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros (0-0)
Date: Friday October 4, 2019
Time: 2:05 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.
Projected Pitchers: (TB), Verlander (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -210 | Rays +194
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays +1.5 (-105) | Astros -1.5 (-115)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
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Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay went into Oakland and won the Wild Card game with relative ease as an underdog on Wednesday, 5–1.
Yandy Diaz, who returned in Game 162 after missing more than two months, led off the game with a homer and added a second later on. Tommy Pham hit a third solo shot and Avisail Garcia’s counted for two, four homers accounting for all five Tampa Bay runs.
Charlie Morton got through five, which, in an elimination game, is like getting through seven or eight in any other postseason spot. He gave up five hits and walked three but the Athletics’ only run wasn’t earned.
Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson, and the former Athletic, Emilio Pagan combined to strike out eight and give up three hits without walking a batter over the final four innings to shut the door on Oakland.
Kevin Cash has yet to announce a starter for Friday but it’ll likely be either Tyler Glasnow or Blake Snell.
Neither may last particularly long. Glasnow worked on a limited basis in September, first two innings, then three (twice), and finally four and an out into the fifth. He was quite effective.
Snell was not, at least not in his final two games. He hasn’t reported any problems, however. Ryan Yarbrough or Yonny Chirinos are both options to piggyback on whomever Cash decides to start with.
The Astros will be a little more traditional and give the ball to Justin Verlander, who looked like the Cy Young frontrunner right up until a flurry of gems from his teammate, Gerrit Cole, right at the end of the season.
It will finish a tight, tight race but it may just go to the young buck looking for his first Cy.
Verlander led the Major Leagues with 21 wins and 5.5 hits allowed per nine innings; nobody in baseball allowed less than six per nine. Only Shane Bieber in the American League (1.68) walked fewer batters per nine innings than Verlander (1.69).
Four guys in all of baseball finished the season with WHIPs under 1.00: Jacob deGrom (0.97), Jack Flaherty (0.96), Cole (0.895), and then Verlander (0.803).
JV can give up the long ball but that’s about the only way teams score on him.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in TB last 9 Fri. games.
- Over is 9-4-1 in TB last 14 playoff road games.
- Over is 9-4 in TB last 13 on grass.
- HOU are 38-13 in their last 51 home games.
- HOU are 46-17 in their last 63 games on grass.
- HOU are 48-18 in their last 66 overall.
- Head to Head: Under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings.
- Head to Head: TB are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: the total stays under six.
There aren’t any numbers even available for browsing as I write and Cash ponders his pitching staff but a total under 6.0 would be hard to believe.
That’s all I need to play a Game 1 under though. I believe both bullpens are a little questionable at the back end but that both managers will go with their best guys as soon as possible. That should keep this one low the whole way through.
4* Free 2019 ALDS Betting Pick: UNDER 7.5
MLB Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 1 – Houston 2
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