CAN THE RAYS DERAIL ASTROS COLE RIDING 22 GAME UNBEATEN STREAK IN GAME 2?
CAN RAYS FINALLY DERAIL ONE OF THE GREATEST PITCHING STREAKS IN MLB HISTORY IN GAME 2?
Coming into this Rays/Astros Series it’s clear the huge favorite was the Astros, as they possess the best 1-2-3 Starting Pitcher trio we maybe have ever seen. In Game 1, Astros #1 Verlander just breezed thru the Rays lineup, even striking out the side in his final inning with a high pitch count. The Rays simply are forced to try to do the nearly impossible now, and that’s beat the hottest Pitcher in MLB (Gerrit Cole), who is on the most amazing streak we’ve seen Orel Hershiser days in LA.
Cole is very likely the Cy Young winner this year with only a slight chance not to due to his team mate Verlander fantastic season too. But let’s look at the most amazing streak by Cole. He ended the year with a (20-5) record and (2.50 ERA). He had 326 K’s in 212 innings of work. He has a streak of 22 straight starts without a loss. He’s (16-0), (1.78 ERA), and (226) K’s in that insane streak run. He is (5-0) in his last 5 starts with a (1.00 ERA) and he struck out 60 batters, walking only 5 in 36 innings of work.
He faces Blake Snell, last years Cy Young winner, but Snell’s season has been nothing close to Cy Young great in 2019. He was (6-8) with a (4.29 ERA) and a stint on the disabled list. He is (2-2), (4.73 ERA) in 6 lifetime starts vs. the Astros. He faced this juggernaut once this year, getting hit hard and allowing 5 earned runs in 6 innings. He clearly has to pitch his best game of the year facing the stingiest Pitcher in MLB in giving up runs.
INTERESTING FACT: The Rays only one time all season had a game where they did not hit one ball with triple digit velocity. That game was against Astros Gerrit Cole.
SO YOU ARE SAYING WE HAVE A CHANCE? Cole is (0-2) lifetime vs. Rays with both starts coming early this season. His ERA in 4 career starts vs. the Rays is (3.51). He is (0-1) this year vs. the Rays.
VEGAS BETTING ODDS: HOUSTON ASTROS (-290 up to -330) vs. TAMPA BAY ~ GAME 2 – SAT. OCT 5 — TOTAL (7 1/2 RUNS)
FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s hard for most bettors to lay 300 to win 1oo, so for most guys taking the hottest Pitcher we’ve seen in decades not a possibility. Question is do you trust an up and down Blake Snell to pitch a gem here vs. a lineup that has no holes and is a Home Run waiting to happen on every single batter. This is a Must Win game for the Rays as they know they have very little shot sweeping the final 3 of this Series. This is the closest thing to David vs. Goliath we could ever see in a MLB Playoff game. You won’t get rich betting against Gerrit Cole.