Astros vs. Rays live stream: 2019 ALDS Game 3 prediction, pick, odds, TV channel, watch MLB playoffs online
The ALDS shifts to Tampa Bay on Monday
Thanks to dominant pitching performances from Justin Verlander and the Gerrit Cole, the Houston Astros have a 2-0 series over the Tampa Bay Rays in the best-of-five ALDS. The series now shifts from Minute Maid Park to Tropicana Field with the home team trying to avoid elimination.
Now, let's set the scene with some essentials.
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How to watch
Date: Monday, Oct. 7 | Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Florida)
TV: MLB Network | Stream: MLB.tv
Odds: HOU -145 | TB +135 | O/U: 8
Starting pitchers: RHP Charlie Morton (TB) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (HOU)
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It has been an ugly few days for the Rays, who are hitting .177/.250/.210 with 27 strikeouts in the ALDS. The good news is they don't have to face Verlander or Cole in Game 3. The bad news is they instead get Greinke, a possible future Hall of Famer. The styles could not be more different -- Verlander and Cole are pure power pitchers whereas Greinke is a command artist -- and the Rays have to hope the change of pace gets their offense on track.
Tampa will send Morton, a former Astro, to the mound with their season on the line in Game 3., but he was good enough to win. The Rays will probably need a better performance in Game 3 to stay alive. The Astros have a devastating lineup, one that owns a .284/.342/.448 batting line in the ALDS. Since switching to the 2-2-1 LDS format two decades ago, 30 teams have won Games 1 and 2 at home, and 27 have gone on to win the series.
With all due respect to the Rays, who are a very good team that won 96 games during the regular season, this series has been a total mismatch. The Astros are better at everything (hitting, pitching, defense, baserunning) and it has been plainly obvious through two games. Our prediction is Morton turns in a valiant effort in Game 3, but ultimately the Astros are just too good, and they finish the sweep and advance to the ALCS for the third consecutive season.
Pick: Astros 3, Rays 1
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