The Tampa Bay Rays are hosting the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS. The visiting Astros (up 2-1) are just a win away from reaching the ALCS. This elimination game is scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports One.
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds
Justin Verlander will get the start for Houston. The right-handed Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) has racked up 300 strikeouts in 223 innings so far. He’s 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and a 0.73 ERA against Tampa Bay this year (two starts).
The Rays are going with righty Diego Castillo (5-8, 3.41 ERA), who has 81 strikeouts and 26 walks to his name as well as a 1.24 WHIP. Castillo is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA against Houston this year.
Fueled by a team slash line of .255/.309/.412, Houston has averaged 4.0 runs scored through three postseason games. Tampa Bay is hitting .229/.294/.443 over four games and the team has put up 4.5 runs during the 2019 playoffs.
The Rays bullpen (7.0 K/9) has registered an ERA of 2.76 and a WHIP of 1.29 this postseason, while Astros relievers (11.0 K/9) have fared significantly worse with a 7.04 ERA and 2.22 WHIP.
Left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel have paced Houston’s hitters. Brantley is slashing .308/.368/.496 with 22 home runs, 90 RBIs and 89 runs scored. Gurriel is hitting .300/.345/.540 with 31 homers, 107 RBIs and 86 runs scored.
Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows have led the Rays’ hitters this year. Pham is slashing .276/.370/.453 with 22 home runs, 70 RBIs, 78 runs and 26 stolen bases, and Meadows is hitting .289 with 33 homers, 92 RBIs and 85 runs.
The Rays are coming off of a 10-3 win in Game .
Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER
Houston has recorded 22 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Tampa Bay has 16 XBH over its last five.
Both teams have launched 19 home runs over their last 10 games.
The Astros have an OPS of .849 this season and an OPS of .830 against right-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS sits at .758 overall and .759 versus righties.
Tampa Bay has recorded 19.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.8 over its last five.