ALCS Game 7 Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

by Tyler Vaysman | October 17, 2020 |

The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays are all set for their win-or-go-home Game 7 matchup on Saturday night. The game starts at 8:37PM ET inside Petco Park in San Diego, California and will be televised on TBS for those that want to watch.

The Tampa Bay Rays looked like they were well on their way to a series sweep three games ago. They had the 3-0 series lead and seemed to be playing better each time out. They outscored the Astros 11-5 in the first three games.

Unfortunately, they gave up three-straight losses with the opportunity to close the series. Now, the Astros have battled all the way back to force an unlikely Game 7 and they hold all the momentum in the world right now. It’s going to be a tough train to stop.

Can the Astros complete their comeback?

The Houston Astros are looking to do what only one team in the MLB has ever done — come back from down 3-0 in a playoff series. The Boston Red Sox did it in 2004 when they ended their long drought and now the Astros are one win away from joining that milestone.

The Astros have chosen to go with Lance McCullers Jr. on the mound to start the game. He finished the regular season with a 3-3 record, 3.93 ERA, 56 strikeouts, and 20 walks in 55.0 innings pitched. He also pitched an 11-strikeout, 7-inning game against the Rays and only allowed one earned run in Game 2.

Will the Rays find a way to end this nightmare?

The Tampa Bay Rays are currently in a nightmare and they’re looking for any way out possible. The good news is that way out is the same way out they’ve had three games straight — just win, once. We’ll see if they can finally finish what they started so long ago.

The Rays have chosen to have Charlie Morton on the mound to start Game 7. He finished with a 2-2 record this season, 4.74 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and 10 walks, in 38.0 innings pitched. He earned a win against the Astros in Game 2, pitching 5 scoreless innings and striking out five batters.

Houston Astros/Tampa Bay Rays Betting Lines

Which team is going to come out on top in this epic Game 7 matchup? YouWager has the Tampa Bay Rays (-116) with the 1.5-run advantage over the Houston Astros (+106). They also have the over/under listed at 8 total runs.

Free Betting Pick

This has been such a wild series. Baseball fans have certainly gotten their full value and are probably sad to see it finally come to an end on Saturday night. Either way, it’s going to be an exciting one that’ll likely go down to the final few innings.

Both of these starting pitchers had good outings last time they faced each other, so I would expect the same tonight. I think a majority of the scoring will come late in innings 6-9, with the Astros getting the better of the Rays. They complete the comeback.

Final Score 8-6, Houston Astros.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Houston Astros (+106)

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