The MLB is back in action today as the Houston Astros will clash with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. The Astros lead this ALDS 2-0.
The Astros will give the nod to Zack Greinke and he will be opposed by Charlie Morton.
Houston Astros Form
The Astros are the best team in the league this season. Moreover, they have taken the first two games of this series and have now won five games in a row and eight of their last nine. Therefore, it is safe to say that they are the main favourites to win the World Series this year. The Astros away record stands at 47-34 and they have averaged 5.32 runs per game and have allowed 3.93runs per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Astros score an average of 5.68 runs per game which is the 3rd record in the league in scoring. Also, they are 1st in hitting at .274 and 3rd in homers with 288. On the mound, they are 3rd in the league in ERA at 3.68, while also ranking 2nd in WHIP at 1.13 and 1st in K’s with 1671.
Tampa Bay Rays Form
The Rays played well during the regular part of the season. Moreover, they had a run of 4 wins in a row. However, they have now lost four of their last five games. And it seems that their offence has been an issue over that stretch as they have averaged 2.4 runs per game during their last five games. Therefore, it will be even harder for them now as they are facing an Astros team that allowed only 1.88 runs per game in their last 7 games. The Rays home record stands at 48-33 and they have averaged 4.52 runs per game and have allowed 3.79 runs per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Rays score an average of 4.78 runs per game which is the 18th record in the league in scoring. Also, they are ranking 12th in hitting at .254 and 21st in homers with 2171. On the mound, they have been very strong as they rank 2nd in the league in ERA at 3.67. The Rays are 3rd in WHIP at 1.17 and 3rd in K’s with 1621.
The Rays played well this season and they managed to surprise many. They were full of energy and showed some character to fight off the competition from the likes of the Indians. However, they are running out of steam and they are facing the best team in the MLB this season.
On the other side, the Astros are playing some hot stuff at the moment and they seem unstoppable. They showed commanding performance in the previous game and I expect more from the same in this match.
Take Houston to win this one as well.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays 10/07/2019 is: take the Houston Astros -120 (MoneyLine).
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