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TB
at
HOU
(971) Tampa Bay vs. Houston (972) 8:40 PM | Wed, Oct 14 2020
Sport: MLB | Star Rating: 10.0 Evaluation: Loss (-1400)
Pick
TB (-140) @ pinnacle

Game of the Month - Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach MLB Rotation #971 Wednesday 10* Top Play Tampa Bay Rays Money Line (-) vs Houston Astros @ 8:40 ET - I will add today's keys below the following excerpts from what I wrote in yesterday's analysis on this match-up: Yes the markets will give support to the Astros here because they are down 2-0 in this series and need to bounce back and are the designated home team in this one. However, the Astros got into the playoffs despite being 2 games under .500 in the regular season. That including a horrible 14 games under .500 in games away from Minute Maid Park this season. Not only that, Tampa Bay was 20 games above .500 on the year and they are now taking it to an Astros team that went 4-13 in the regular season when facing teams with a winning record. Look for the Rays to take a 3-0 series lead tonight. Indeed Tampa Bay did take a 3-0 series lead with the win last night and I know the Astros desperately want to avoid getting swept out of the playoffs. However, Houston is facing the top team in the AL and all those stats above still ring true plus now the Rays have a big pitching edge in this one. Hard-throwing strikeout machine Tyler Glasnow will be very tough on the Astros hitters in this one. While TB has the strong arm of Glasnow going, Houston has to turn to the tired arm of Zack Greinke in this must win spot. Glasnow went 11-2 with a 2.90 ERA the past two seasons combined and has allowed just 9 hits in 13 and 1/3 post-season innings this year. Greinke is winless in 9 post-season starts spanning the last 3 years he has pitched in playoff action and he has compiled a 5.32 ERA in those 9 outings. Greinke went 0-3 with a 4.59 ERA in games away from Houston this season and also went 1-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his September starts. The Rays close out the sweep here! 10* TAMPA BAY 

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