Houston Astros
0-0 (0-0 V)
+135
33%
-150
67%
Tampa Bay Rays
0-0 (0-0 H)
Sun, Oct 11 - 7:37p ET   |   TBS   |   Petco Park
By Landon Smith

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Baseball ALCS Game 1 Odds, Preview, Prediction

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Sunday October 11th, 2020.
#961 Houston Astros 8.5MLB ALCS
#962 Tampa Bay Rays -150

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Sunday October 11th, 2020.

 

Framber Valdez Houston Astros
ERA 5.86 (4-7)

Framber Valdez named the Astros' Game 1 starter of the ALCS against the Rays.

Valdez allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four over seven innings to earn the win in his last playoff outing.

He is (2-0) with a 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and nine strikeouts over 12 innings during the 2020 playoffs.

Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
ERA 4.29 (6-8)

Blake Snell named the Rays’ Game 1 starter of the ALCS against the Astros.

Snell started in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and will be fully rested for his upcoming start Sunday.

He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings in his previous outing. Snell will look to rebound in Sunday’s start against the Astros.

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Houston Astros

4-9 in their last 13 games following a win.

2-10 in their last 12 games after scoring five or more runs in their previous game.

Valdez has been accurate in both of his playoff starts. The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings against the Twins on the wild card, followed by another big effort in which he held the Athletics to just two runs in seven frames in a 5-2 win.

The young right-hander has had a great year, posting a 3.57 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP with a 5-3 record in 70.2 innings.

Carlos Correa was the best hitter for the Astros in their six postseason bouts. The 26-year-old shortstop posted unrealistic numbers when he hit .500 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 20 batting.

He's a great player, having thrown 15 home runs and 45 RBIs in 56 career playoff games.

The Astros have averaged 4.65 points in the regular season, placing them 14th in the majors. They posted a 4.30 team ERA, placing them 15th overall.

Tampa Bay Rays

4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite.

39-14 in their last 53 games overall.

5-1 in their last 6 games after scoring two or fewer runs in their previous game.

Blake Snell stood out in his Wildcard outing against the Blue Jays, completing 5.2 scoreless innings, but allowed four runs, including three home runs in five innings against the Yankees on the ALDS in a lost game at Tampa Bay.

The Rays ace had another successful season, posting a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP topped with a 4-2 record in 50 frames.

Snell is 4-2 with a 4.73 ERA in six career starts against the Astros. He had 12 strikeouts in his 10.2 innings in the playoffs.

The Rays are back in the American League Championship Series for the first time since the 2008 season.

Tampa Bay's greatest attribute is their talented pitching staff and they have also shown they can win games with their sticks even if they do. .

Joey Wendle has excelled, recording six hits in his last five games and hitting .316 with two RBIs in seven postseason games.

The 30-year-old point guard has hit .226 with six RBIs in 19 career games against the Astros and has a solid .276 in 29 playoffs at sticks.

The Rays have averaged 4.82 points per game this season, placing them 12th overall. They finished with a 3.56 team ERA, a good third in the majors.

 

PICK: Tampa Bay Rays @ -150, O/U 8.5

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By Landon Smith, on 7:37p ET