Tampa Bay (T Glasnow) (@2.7) vs Houston (J Verlander) (@1.44)

Our Prediction:

Houston (J Verlander) will win
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Tampa Bay (T Glasnow) – Houston (J Verlander) Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 14:05

Or better yet the .454 on-base percentage he had at Columbus in 2017. X-factor:The Rays made a silently great addition in Yandy Diaz this offseason in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. But the Rays will be plenty pumped if he can replicate the .375 on-base percentage he had in 39 games with the Indians last season. For a team like the Tribe that seems to need all the help it could get to remain a championship contender, letting Diaz slip away is a head-scratcher. Or better yet the .409 on-base percentage he had at Triple-A Columbus.

Hes right-handed, unlike rotation mate Blake Snell. Glasnow spent most of the season hurt, but was dominant when he was able to be out there with a 33% K% and a 50.4% GB%. He is the best rotation weapon that the Rays have for the Astros lineup. He throws super hard and has a hammer curveball that he typically throws about 29% of the time, but I would expect it to be higher in his starts in this series. Stealing Game 1 is essential because taking three out of four from Houston is extremely hard. Tyler Glasnow is the right call to start Game 1.

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If pitching does indeed win championships, the Houston Astros are well positioned to make a run at their second World Series title in three years. With a formidable rotation featuring two 20-game winners and a pair of former Cy Young Award recipients, the Astros are prohibitive favorites as they host the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday afternoon in the opener of the American League Division Series... Covers community free betting prediction for Houston Astros (76% consensus).

It should be noted the Astros, who are looked at league-wide skeptically because of their previous rule-bending ways, went 1-4 in the postseason last year after they were caught with an unauthorized team employee in the camera well next to the Indians dugout during the AL Division Series. The Rays recipe for success is to split the first two games in Houston, beat Greinke in Game 3 and try to lock up the series in Game 4.

Snell made 23 starts and they werent as strong as what he did last season. His line drive percentage went up from 18.8% to 24.7%. So does Blake Snell. His command just wasnt as sharp. His K% was the same and so was his BB%, but his BABIP was 100 points higher and he allowed a 15.4% HR/FB% compared to last seasons 10.7%.

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George Springer missed 40 games. None of it mattered. Carlos Correa was limited to 75 games. They lost Dallas Keuchel to free agency and lost Lance McCullers and even guys like Forrest Whitley to injury. Jose Altuve missed 38 games. Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick, and Yuli Gurriel played over 140. The Astros are really impressive. Yordan Alvarez wasnt called up until around midseason. The Astros won 107 games to set a franchise record and to also cross the century mark for the third straight season. Alex Bregman was the only player to suit up for more than 150 games.

Still, they felt that there was a need to add more established pitching, so Zack Greinke and Aaron Sanchez were added. Sanchez showed flashes in four, but was then lost for the season. The revolving door of fourth and fifth starters simply meant that the team could showcase its player development prowess, with guys like Framber Valdez, Jose Urquidy, and Corbin Martin all making starts. Rotation health was a big deal, as Verlander took the ball 34 times, Cole 33, and Miley 33. Greinke was magnificent in 10 starts.

They were about middle of the pack in K% and also managed a 103 wRC+ against righties. Anyway, the Rays offense does get a little bit of a break in that Houston is right-handed dominant on the pitching side as well. Tampa Bay had the second-highest K% against left-handed pitchers. Still, the Astros are the best pitching staff in baseball at limiting contact and Tampas entire offensive philosophy is predicated on making high-velocity contact with line drives and ground balls.

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The Rays managed to win 90 games despite mere chunks of seasons from just about every position player on their roster. And they're now without C.J. But Wendle has that solid rookie year under his belt, they expect to get way more than 39 games out of Pham even if Rays fans might be a tad miffed at him right this secondand White Sox castoff Avisail Garcia is lighting up the Grapefruit League with a .350/.417/.850 slash line and three homers in eight games. Cron's 30 homers, Mallex Smith's 40 stolen bases and Wilson Ramos' All-Star first half. But if he can match the percentages he put up in 2017 (a .330 batting average and a .380 on-base percentage) with some additional pop (19 homers in just 93 games last season), the Rays could reap the rewards. The White Sox seemed justified in moving on from Garcia this offseason after getting just one good season out of him in six years.

While Houston can win without him, it is undoubtedly worse when he is not in the lineup and 100 percent. Correa was one of the Astros' most clutch players at the plate in the 2015 and 2017 postseasons, hitting seven home runs and driving in 18 runs in 24 games. He is supposed to play in Game 1 Friday but we'll see how he looks if and when he gets on the field. Carlos Correa, SS, Astros Correa missed 87 games this season with back and rib injuries and was out for the final seven games of the year after his back stiffened up on a flight to Seattle.

But once the mega free agent made his decision, the White Sox swiftly moved Yoan Moncada from second base to the hot corner. 1 prospect ranking promised. Eight months later, hes proven himself thecornerstone of the rebuild his one-time No. We didnt even know who the White Sox third baseman would be until after spring training started, after Manny Machado opted to play for the San Diego Padres instead of coming to the South Side.