The ALCS between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays continues Thursday with Game 5. The Astros extended the series with a Game 4 victory on Wednesday night. The Rays are still in the proverbial driver's seat here, holding a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and are one win from the pennant.
Let's check out the pertinent details for Game 5.
How to watch
Date: Thursday, Oct. 15 | Time: 5;07 p.m. ET
Location: Petco Park -- San Diego, California
TV: TBS | Live stream: TBS app
Odds: TB -140 | HOU +130 | O/U 9.0
Pitchers: RHP John Curtiss vs. RHP Luis Garcia
Follow: CBS Sports App
The Rays were in control throughout most of the first three games of the series, but in Game 4, the Astros finally responded. A Randy Arozarena two-run shot tied the game, but the Astros jumped right back with a two-run homer from George Springer. They held on, even despite a Rays' rally in the ninth. The Rays are still fully in control of this series, needing to win just one of the final three games of the seven-game set.
The Rays have announced righty John Curtiss will start the game. The guess here is he's simply an opener it'll be lefty Josh Fleming giving them length into the game. He was 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings in the regular season. He's on the ALCS roster but hasn't been used yet this postseason. Their big guns at the back end of the bullpen aren't overworked, either.
As for the Astros, it might resemble a bullpen game. It's Luis Garcia to start. He had a good ERA in his five outings in the regular season. He is, however, prone to the walk and the Astros haven't even used him all postseason, which doesn't lend a ton of confidence to his prospects for a great outing.
The Astros' pitching is really up against it. The team did well to get out of this series without a sweep, but they really needed to grab one of the first three games to have a shot in this series. The Rays close it down.