The Houston Astros will host the Tampa Bay Rays for game 5 of the ALDS.
This will be a crucial win or go home game for both of these teams tonight.
After seeing the two NLDS games from yesterday, as a baseball fan, you cannot be anything less than excited.
Starting for the visiting Tampa Bay Rays will be right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow became a member of the Rays after a trade that sent Chris Archer to Pittsburgh.
Glasnow is 0-1 in this series after allowing two earned runs during game two. Flasnow only ended up pitching 4.1 innings and struck out 5. The two earned runs brought his ERA up too 4.15. Even though he spent most of the season on the IL, Glasnow has shown that he is a top tier pitcher and has earned the start in this situation.
Dealing for the home team tonight, like Tyler Glasnow, is a former Pittsburgh Pirate who was sent over in a terrible trade.
Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the bottom half of the first inning. Cole, who earlier this year became the 18th player in Major League Baseball to record 300 strikeouts in a season.
In his only start in this series, Cole was able to pitch 7.2 innings of shutout baseball. During that start, he recorded 15 strikeouts while walking one and allowing 4 hits.
Cole, who is in the running for the AL Cy Young award has also proven why he should be on the mound for an important game five.
The Astros need a win - and recent history suggests they have the right guy on the mound. pic.twitter.com/eQjRN7ZA3t— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 10, 2019
As mentioned yesterday, in order for one of thee teams to win tonight, they will have to jump out in front early. More so for the Astros than the Rays. Houston has the superior starter here, but once you reach the Houston bullpen, scoring chances become more realistic.
The Tampa Bay Rays, coming into the playoffs, had the number one ranked bullpen in the playoffs. If the Astros can not jump on to Tyler Glasnow early in the game, they will have a hard time scoring off of the Rays’ relievers.
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