Tampa Bay and Houston are set to play the third game of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. The Rays came away with wins in each of the first two games, with Houston struggling to put up runs. A win in Game 3 could push them to the brink of a World Series return.
Kevin Cash has continued to do a fantastic job here. First, he helped his team past the Yankees in a hard-fought series, and they’re off to a roaring start against the Astros.
They haven’t been making any mistakes on the mound, with their hitters delivering whenever they can. Timely home runs have been the name of the game for the Rays.
Houston, on the other hand, is down 2-0, but nobody is feeling sorry for them. They haven’t been able to hit well, and it’s costing them. But the interesting thing is that many of their players think they’re owed something, after cheating in the worst way for several years.
They need to play through if they hope to stun Tampa Bay and reach the World Series again.
The moneyline on the Rays is -114, while it’s set at +100 for Houston. The over/under is at 8.5 runs.
Rays Searching For a 3-0 Lead
Tampa Bay hasn’t been able to get to the World Series since they first changed the name of the team in 2008. When they dropped the Devil from the moniker, they made it to the Fall Classic immediately. Twelve years have gone by since then.
Now, they are just two wins away from making it happen again. They’re delivering in all of the clutch situations, with their newcomers delivering timely hits.
The bullpen has been able to come in and shut things down completely. They have come away victorious in two low scoring games thus far.
They’ll be sending 26-year-old Ryan Yarbrough to the mound. In 11 regular-season appearances (nine starts), he went 1-4 with a 3.56 ERA. He struck out 44 while walking 12.
Astros Desperate For a Win
The year has been up and down for Houston, while they feel like the world is against them. That is, in fact, the case, after the banging of the trash cans. But, they do have a fantastic lineup, with several excellent hitters out there. There isn’t much of an excuse for the poor hitting.
They’ll have to turn it on now, being down in a big way. Jose Altuve was the only player they could count on in Game 2, and if that’s the case again, it won’t end well. Between Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and George Springer, the offense is very capable.
Jose Urquidy will take the mound for the Astros. He allowed four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings against the A’s in his last start. He also lasted 4 1/3 innings against Houston.
Rays Take 3-0 Lead
One more win after Game 3 and Tampa Bay is off to the World Series.
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