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The Astros disposed of the Rays without much trouble Friday afternoon in ALDS Game 1 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. They rode the arm of Justin Verlander with just enough power and the Rays will hope to turn the tide and even up the series on Saturday in Game 2 against Houston’s other Cy Young hopeful, Gerrit Cole.
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I think we’re gonna see something similar to Game 1, with the Astros probably jumping on Snell a little earlier.
Now, let’s set the scene with some essentials.
Which version of Blake Snell will the Rays get? We know he’s capable of dominating. He won the Cy Young with a 1.89 ERA and 0.98 WHIP last season. This year, however, he pitched to a 4.29 ERA, though the 3.32 FIP says he actually threw better than that. Then again, he only pitched six innings in three appearances last month after being out with an injury from July 21 to September 17. He hasn’t thrown more than 62 pitches since coming back, so the Rays might have to have a quick hook with him.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 4 | Time: 9:07 p.m. ET
Location: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)
TV: FS1 | Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: HOU -300 | TB +260 | O/U: 7.5
Starting pitchers: Blake Snell (TB) vs. Gerrit Cole (HOU)
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Tampa’s offense was stymied by Verlander in Game 1 and they might have trouble hitting in Game 2 as well. Cole led the AL with a 2.50 ERA, 2.64 FIP and 326 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings this season. He’s just as much of a horse as Verlander and actually misses more bats.