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2019 ALDS Game 2
(1-0) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros (0-0)
Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
Time: 9:07 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.
Projected Pitchers: Snell (TB), Cole (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays +264 | Astros -284
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays +1.5 (+140) | Astros -1.5 (-145)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
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Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays decided to go with Tyler Glasnow in Game 1, that means Blake Snell will take the ball in Game 2.
Snell finished last season stronger than any pitcher in baseball and won the Cy Young for his efforts. Tampa Bay was left out of the playoffs, however.
This season was a struggle for the 26-year-old. He finished 6–8 with a 4.29 ERA. Compare those numbers to the 21–5 record and 1.89 ERA he ended last season with.
Strangely enough, Snell’s strikeout numbers — which were already elite — got better, a lot better. He struck out 12.4 batters per nine innings this season, up from 11.0 last year. His walks remained relatively steady.
The Rays haven’t been in the postseason since Snell got the call a few years back. He started the first game of the season against Houston and gave up five runs in six innings. That was on March 28.
This is such an intriguing matchup because if there’s one team in the American League that can compete with Houston’s pitching it’s Tampa Bay.
If the Rays get a good Blake Snell in his postseason debut, Charlie Morton lurks in the shadows of Tropicana Field, when the series hits the road. That puts some pressure on Cole in game two.
Verlander or Cole will win the Cy Young and the other will finish second. Cole’s 326 strikeouts were by far the most in baseball; Verlander hit 300 on the nose and the next guy, Shane Bieber, fanned 259.
Cole set the pace in that opening series against the Rays, when he struck out ten and walked none in six innings. He started another game against Tampa in late August and struck out 14 of the 20 batters he retired.
He gave up four runs in each start, however. Three of them were unearned in the first game and the Rays chipped away for four on six hits in the second.
Cole threw a gem in the LDS last season before a tougher outing in Boston in the LCS.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-4-1 in TB last 14 playoff road games.
- Over is 9-4 in TB last 13 on grass.
- TB are 38-18 in their last 56 overall.
- 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: Tampa may just steal one.
Clean slate in the playoffs and nobody is happier about that than Snell. I can’t say I quite know what to expect from him but I’m cautiously optimistic he could seize the moment and return to last year’s form.
Cole is overpowering but he can get frustrated and make mistakes when he’s forced to work hard. That’s what Tampa Bay’s lineup does to opposing pitchers.
4* Free 2019 ALDS Betting Pick: Rays ML
. I like Tampa’s chances in this game.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 4 – Houston 3
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