The Houston Astros are set to welcome the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the AL Divisional Playoffs. The series is currently tied 2-2, and the winner-take-all matchup is scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m. ET. It will be shown nationally on Fox Sports One..
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros Odds
Oddsmakers have listed Houston (-255) as the favorite over Tampa Bay (+230). Gamblers are able to bet on the game’s total with odds sitting at -115 for over 7.5 runs and -105 for under 7.5. The game’s current runline odds sit at +105 for picking the Rays +1.5 runs and -125 for the Astros -1.5.
Including the regular season, the Rays are 99-68 SU and are 85-82 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.0 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 7.5 units ATS. The Astros, on the other hand, are 109-57 SU and 91-75 ATS. They’ve gained 5.0 units for moneyline bettors and 2.2 units ATS.
Houston games have had an over/under record of 75-86-5 in 2019. Rays games have gone over 81 times, gone under 78 times and pushed on eight instances.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow is getting the nod for the visiting Rays. Glasnow is 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 76 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with four strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA against Houston this year.
The Astros are sending righty Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA) to the hill. Cole has 326 strikeouts and 48 walks to his name, along with a WHIP of 0.89. Cole is 0-1 with 24 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA across two starts against Tampa Bay this year.
Behind a team slash line of .257/.326/.473, the Rays have produced 4.4 runs per game through five postseason outings. The Astros are hitting .241/.294/.391 over four games and the team has managed 3.3 runs in the 2019 playoffs.
The Astros bullpen has registered an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 2.00 this postseason, while Rays relievers have fared noticeably better with a 2.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows continue to lead Tampa Bay’s hitters. Pham is slashing .279/.371/.459 with 23 home runs, 71 RBIs, 79 runs and 26 steals. Meadows is hitting .286 with 33 homers, 92 RBIs and 85 runs scored.
The Astros’ hitters have been led by left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Brantley is slashing .306/.366/.492 with 22 home runs, 90 RBIs and 89 runs scored, and Gurriel’s line sits at .299/.344/.537 with 31 homers, 107 RBIs and 86 runs.
The Rays just took Game 4 of this series by a score of four runs to one.
Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – OVER
The over has cashed in four of Houston’s last seven games.
Tampa Bay has recorded 20.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.6 over its last five.
The Rays have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
The Rays have a team OPS of .759 this season and an OPS of .761 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .847 overall and .829 against righties.