Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays - 10/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Astros (109-55) at Tampa Bay Rays (97-68)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm (Tropicana Field)
Zack Greinke (18-5) (3.06) vs. Charlie Morton (17-6) (2.97)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +132 / Houston Astros -142 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet up for Game 3 of their ALDS Series on Monday.
Houston is on the verge of a sweep here. The Astros took a 6-2 victory in Game 1 on Friday, then kept it going with a 3-1 win on Saturday to go up 2-0 in the series.
For the Monday Game 3, Houston will send out Zack Greinke to start. Over 208.2 innings and an 18-5 record in the regular season Greinke posted a 3.06 ERA with 187 strikeouts and 30 walks.
Over on the Rays’ side, they’re going with Charlie Morton in Game 3 to try and extend the series. Morton pitched 194.2 innings in the regular season, going 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA, 240 Ks and 57 walks.
The Astros are 6-0 in their last six Divisional Playoff games and 8-1 in their last nine road games. Houston is 5-1 in their last six in game three of a series and 50-18 in their last 68 overall.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 6-0 in their last six after losing the first two games of a series and 25-7 in their last 32 Monday games. Tampa is 1-6 in their last seven playoff home games and 0-4 in their last four in game three of a series.
Greinke finished off the season with four straight wins, posting three quality starts in that stretch and five total earned over a combined 25.1 innings. He also walked just one batter and gave up a single homer.
As for Morton, he put up four quality starts in his final five appearances in the regular season and was 4-0 in his last six games. If the Rays are going to get one in this series, it’ll be here. However, Houston is simply too powerful of a team front to back, so I’m going Astros.