TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
Tampa Bay vs. Houston,
10/04/2019 14:05 EDT,
Score: 2 - 6
Point Spread: -1½/-111 Houston
This is a 7* play on Houston.
The Astros are a big favorite in Game 1 of the ALDS versus Tampa, and for good reason. The Rays are 1-6 in their last seven Divisional Playoff games, and the Astros are 10-4 in their last 14 playoff home games.
Justin Verlander will toe the slab for Houston, and he's a cool customer under pressure. He was 11-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 15 starts in the second half of the season. He faced Tampa twice this season, going 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA.
The Rays hand the ball to Tyler Glasnow, who has looked sharp in limited action. The 26 year old missed more than half the season, making just a dozen starts. Only four of those came in the second half of the season.
The Astros are 45-11 in their last 56 during Game 1 of a series.