The Astros will send out ace Justin Verlander on short rest for Game 4 of the ALDS. Can Houston close out the Rays and move on to the ALCS?
Will the favored Astros and Yankees continue to roll in the ALDS, or can the underdog Rays and Twins spring an upset?
The two American League Division Series begin Friday, when the favored Astros host the upstart Rays and the Twins travel to the Bronx to face the Yankees.
On the surface, the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays seems like a classic David versus Goliath battle. In one corner, you have the 107-win Astros, who boast six All-Stars, two bona fide Cy Young candidates, the prohibitive AL Rookie of the Year, and a $168 million payroll. In the other corner, you have the Rays, a $60 million bargain basement team who plays their home games in a cavernous half empty stadium. Despite the obvious discrepancy, we believe there are three reasons why Tampa Bay can pull off a stunning upset over the AL West champs.
The Houston Astros, owners of baseball’s best record in 2019 at 107-55, play the winner of the AL Wild Card game, the Tampa Bay Rays, in a five-game divisional series beginning on Friday. Here’s how the two clubs stack up.
The New York Yankees will play the Minnesota Twins in the best-of-five American League Division Series that begins Friday. Here's how the two teams stack up.