The American League Championship Series continues Monday, October 12, 2020, with the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays set to play game two of their seven game series. Tampa Bay is technically the home team in this one, but the whole series is being played in San Diego. This game will air live on TBS at 4:07 p.m. EST.
Game one of this series took place Sunday night and saw the Tampa Bay Rays grind out a 2-1 victory. The Astros jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, in the top of the first inning, thanks to a Jose Altuve solo home run. Tampa fought back to tie it up with a Randy Arozarena solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, and then took the lead with a Mike Zunino RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
After the game one win, Tampa Bay is now -380 to win the series. Houston can be grabbed at +280 to advance to the World Series.
Below is my pick for the Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Houston Astros (+118) vs Tampa Bay Rays (-136)
Pitching Matchup (Playoffs): Lance McCullers Jr. (0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP) vs Charlie Morton (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
Lance McCullers Jr. took the mound in the ALDS game one and got roughed up by the Oakland Athletics. McCullers lasted just four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits. The right came into the playoffs on the back of a lights out September that saw him post a 1.53 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched. McCullers did not allow an earned run in his final three regular season starts.
Charlie Morton pitched a critical ALDS game three and pitched five brilliant innings against the New York Yankees. Morton allowed just four hits and two runs (one earned) in his five innings against the Bronx Bombers. The righty came into the playoffs after a tough September that saw Morton post a 4.22 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched.
With the regional scheduling this season, these two teams did not meet in the regular season.
Free MLB Picks: I like the Tampa Bay Rays to take a 2-0 series lead.
2020 Picks Record: 65-46