Houston Astros (34-34) vs Tampa Bay Rays (47-22)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 8:40 pm

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At 8:40 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros over the Tampa Bay Rays.  After starting two pitchers with a combined nine post-season starts between them in Games 1 and 2 of this series (McCullers Jr. and Urquidy), the Astros will turn to a veteran pitcher with double that number.  36-year-old Zack Greinke has 18 career post-season starts and, although his playoff numbers don't exactly jump off the page at you, there's nobody Houston would rather have on the hill being down 3-0 in this series.  Greinke is a 200+ game winner with a career ERA of 3.37.  And although his best years may be behind him, the veteran just knows how to win.  The Rays will go with RHP Tyler Glasnow who started the Game 5 victory against the Yankees last Friday.  But with no off days in these series, Glasnow will be going on four days of rest and he is 3-6 with a 5.44 ERA in 17 starts with four days off (vs. 9-4, with a 3.27 ERA, in 21 starts with five days off).  The Astros are also 10-4 in their last 14 games after scoring two runs or less in their two previous games.  Take Houston as an underdog.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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