Astros vs. Rays live stream: 2019 ALDS Game 5 prediction, pick, odds, TV channel, watch MLB playoffs online

The best-of-five ALDS is now a one-game affair. With two wins in a row, the Tampa Bay Rays erased an 0-2 series deficit against the Houston Astros. The two teams are playing a winner-take-all Game 5 at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. The winner advances to face the Yankees in the ALCS. The loser goes home.

Now, let's set the scene with some essentials. 

How to watch

Date: Thursday, Oct. 10 | Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Location: Minute Maid Park (Houston)
TV: FS1 | StreamfuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: HOU -260 | TB +220 | O/U: 7
Starting pitchers: RHP Gerrit Cole (HOU) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (TB)
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Preview

The decision to start Justin Verlander in Game 5 backfired. Fortunately for the Astros, they still have a guy like Cole able to start Game 5, and he will start on regular rest. Cole struck out 15 Rays in his historically dominant Game 2 performance. In addition to getting a strong start from Cole, the Astros also need their offense to find its groove. They scored four runs total in Games 3-4, and George Springer and Michael Brantley in particular have had little impact in the ALDS.

As for the Rays, they are starting Glasnow on extra rest following his good but not quite enough Game 1 start. Charlie Morton is expected to be available out of the bullpen and we could see Blake Snell make another relief appearance as well, depending on the game situation. Snell threw eight pitches and got the final two outs in Game 4 on Tuesday. The Rays scored 14 runs at home in Games 3-4 after scoring three runs on the road in Games 1-2.

Prediction

Look away, Pirates fans. This pitching matchup can't feel good. The bet here is Cole will dominate again, something he's done all season, and Tampa's pitchers won't be able to match. I expect an exciting, low-scoring Game 5 that results in a 2017 ALCS rematch.

Pick: Astros 3, Rays 2

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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