Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros - 10/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros - 10/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (97-67) at Houston Astros (108-55)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Blake Snell (6-8) (4.37) vs. Gerrit Cole (20-5) (2.50)

The Line: Houston Astros -285 / Tampa Bay Rays +255 --- Over/Under: 7.5

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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will meet up in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series Saturday. 

In the Game 1 opener of this set on Friday Houston drew first blood with a 6-2 victory. Jose Altuve blasted a two-run homer in a four-run fifth inning and Justin Verlander controlled the game early by giving up just one hit in his start. 

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For Saturday’s Game 2, the Rays will send out Blake Snell for the start. Across his 107.0 innings and 6-8 record this year, Snell posted a 4.29 ERA with 147 Ks and 40 BBs. 

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re sending out Gerrit Cole to start Saturday. Over 212.1 innings and a 20-5 mark this season, Cole put up a 2.50 ERA with 326 Ks and 48 walks. 

The Rays are 4-1 in the last five Saturday games and 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series. Tampa is 4-1 in Snell’s last five Saturday starts and 19-7 in his last 26 with five days’ rest. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 37-14 in their last 51 Saturday games and 63-31 in their last 94 in game two of a series. Houston is 26-4 in Cole’s last 30 home starts and 6-1 in his last seven Saturday starts. 

Snell had a bit of a bumpy run way back in June over a few games, but in seven starts since then he’s given up no more than two earned in an outing and is 2-1. He hasn't gone past 2.1 innings in any of his last three starts though, so look for a quick switch here if things get dicey. 

As for Cole, he’s got five quality starts in his last six appearances, and is 5-0 during that stretch. He’s been dominant pretty much all year, so I’m firmly on the Astros here. 

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