Houston at Tampa Bay MLB Baseball Betting Lines, Odds & Vegas Predictions (10/08/19)
Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Matchup
The Houston Astros will turn to right-hander Justin Verlander in their second attempt to end the Tampa Bay Rays’ season when the clubs meet Tuesday in Game 4 of their American League Division Series in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Rays used four home runs, three off Zack Greinke, to stay alive in the best-of-five series with a 10-3 win Monday in Game 3, trimming the Astros’ lead in the series to 2-1.
Verlander (1-0) got the postseason off on a winning note for the Astros in Game 1 on Friday, shutting out the Rays on one hit over seven innings in a 6-2 home win. He struck out eight and walked three.
The victory was his 14th in 21 postseason decisions, lowering his career ERA in 26 playoff appearances to 3.05.
The 36-year-old will be pitching on three days’ rest for the first time this season, a fact that didn’t prevent his manager, AJ Hinch, from making the call.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the world,” Hinch said after Monday’s game. “It’s no more complicated than that. He’s ready, and it’s his game.”
TIME & DATE: 4:15 PM ET, Tuesday, October 8, 2019
LOCATION: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV CHANNEL: FS1
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Astros RH Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Rays RH Diego Castillo (0-0, 0.00)
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MLB Prediction: Houston -240