Astros Fall One Game Away From Elimination

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You just hate to see it. The most hated team in all of baseball lost again Tuesday night by a score of 5-2 to fall down 3-0 against the Rays. After the cheating scandal that rocked the offseason, the Astros seamed to have a chip on their shoulder through the fist few series. They claimed that everyone doubted them and they were proving everyone wrong. But the wheels have fallen off quickly as they had opportunities to win all three games and costly errors have put them in an almost impossible spot.

Let’s look at the areas that they’ve struggled at during these three game:

  • Houston has left 31 runners on base. The same team that batted .352 with runners on base (4th in MLB) and .350 with runners in scoring position (5th in MLB) in 2019. They also led the league in that stat during the cheating scandal year of 2017.
  • Houston has committed four errors, three of which came from second baseman Jose Altuve. Possibly the most crucial one came in the sixth inning last night that kept the inning alive that ended in a 5 run outburst. Altuve also had an error in game 2 that was followed by a three run homeun.
Jose Altuve reacts after his throwing error in Game 3 of the ALCS. Gregory Bull/AP Photo

You won’t see many outside of the city of Houston feeling bad for this team. I hope to see the Rays end things tonight for the clean sweep.

Let’s talk about those Rays though. A team that unless you follow baseball closely, you probably know nothing about. Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound for the Rays tonight. It seems like a decade ago since he was in a Pirates uniform struggling to find any confidence on the mound. He went 5-1 this year with a 4.08 ERA. On offense, they are led by an array of young talent. The most impressive so far in this playoffs has been Randy Arozarena blasting 3 home runs in 7 games while still having a .444 batting average. You never know who is going to come through in the clutch though with Austin Meadows, Kevin Kiermaier, Mike Zunino, Manuel Margot, and Joey Wendle all coming up big and huge spots for the Rays. They have also been led by an incredible defensive effort by Arozarena, Kiermaier, Margot, and Renfroe in the outfield.

On the gambling side of things, I think there are two easy plays. The Astros have been broken with these last three losses. Take the Rays -152 and the under 8. I think Greinke still puts together a good performance to try and keep the Astros in it.

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