BIG AL's MLB TOTAL OF THE YEAR (112-71 LAST 183)
Tampa Bay Rays (48-23) vs Houston Astros (35-35)
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm
At 6:05 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays 'over' the total. After Thursday night's bullpen game, the question for tonight is, "who's going to be left to pitch after the starters are done?" Everyone knows that the days of Bob Gibson are over. And most starters today would be lucky to get six innings in. So even if Blake Snell (3.24 ERA; 1.20 WHIP) and Framber Valdez (3.57 ERA; 1.11 WHIP) pitch well tonight, they likely will leave the game with at least three or four more innings to go. That's when the managerial strategy will be more difficult. These two teams used a total of 11 relievers on Thursday, so 24 hours later it will be very interesting to see how they handle things when the two starters come out. One thing's for certain -- the offenses may have a field day tonight in light of the situation. The over was 9-5 in Snell's 14 starts (regular season plus playoffs) this season, while Houston has gone 'over' the total 60-37 vs. a starting AL pitcher whose WHIP is 1.20 or better. Take the 'over.' As always, good luck...Al McMordie.