It Was Always Going To Be Astros-Yankees, Wasn't It?

FiveThirtyEightEven the Tampa Bay Rays extended their plucky season by pushing the Houston Astros to the brink of elimination, before losing Game 5. All that chaos has left the National League in particular with a championship-series matchup (Cardinals-Nationals) that ...

October 11th 2019


The Astros have one weakness. The Yankees are built to exploit it.

Washington PostAn American League Championship Series matchup we saw coming from a mile away, between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, kicks off Saturday night in downtown Houston's Minute Maid Park. The two juggernauts each passed the century ...

October 11th 2019


'It's been brewing': Two years after epic seven-game ALCS, Astros and Yankees set for rematch

USA TODAYHOUSTON — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch thought the first time he heard it was when he arrived at spring training. Justin Verlander, the Astros' likely Cy Young winner, says he definitely remembers people talking about it on April 8, the first time the ...

October 11th 2019


Astros insider: How Rays starter Tyler Glasnow tipped his pitches in Game 5

Houston ChronicleThursday was the Astros' third matchup of the year against Glasnow and second in less than a week. Glasnow had simplified his approach since returning from injury, going with just his fastball and curve, which was all he'd needed to keep Houston to two ...

October 11th 2019


Gerrit Cole and the Astros quiet the doubts, dominate Rays in ALDS Game 5

Washington PostHOUSTON — As dire as things had gotten in their American League Division Series, and as dire as they could still get, the Houston Astros took comfort in knowing they had their firewall in place for Game 5. His name is Gerrit Cole, and on Thursday night at ...

October 11th 2019


Astros Oust the Rays and Earn Another ALCS With the Yankees

The New York TimesHOUSTON — The warning signs came the night before when two heavily favored teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, were each stunned in a deciding fifth game of a division series, losing in their home ballparks. The Houston Astros had ...

October 11th 2019


Astros vs. Rays: Five things to know about Houston's series-clinching win in ALDS Game 5

CBSSports.comOn Thursday, the Houston Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series. The win means the Astros advance to the AL Championship Series, their third consecutive, to square off against the New York Yankees ...

October 11th 2019


Rays-Astros Game 4: live updates here

Tampa Bay TimesThe Astros now have Josh James up in the bullpen. Houston pitching coach Brent Strom comes to the mound to try to settle Verlander down. Kevin Kiermaier comes up next and strikes out. But the Rays send eight to the plate. After the first inning, it's Rays 3, ...

October 9th 2019


Astros vs. Rays score: Live ALDS Game 4 updates, MLB playoffs highlights, full coverage

CBSSports.comTommy Pham gave the Rays an early lead in ALDS Game 4 against the Astros on Tuesday night in Tropicana Field. In the bottom of the first, Houston starter Justin Verlander, going on short rest, put a changeup on a tee for Pham, and the Tampa Bay ...

October 9th 2019


Astros vs. Rays odds, line: 2019 ALDS Game 4 picks, predictions from advanced model

CBSSports.comAfter winning 107 games to take the American League West, the Houston Astros got their MLB Playoffs off to a strong start with two wins at home against the Tampa Bay Rays to start the 2019 American League Division Series. However, the Rays responded ...

October 8th 2019


What the Rays can expect tonight from Astros ace Justin Verlander

Tampa Bay TimesPETERSBURG — Monday's season-extending win was only minutes old when the Rays got the sobering news that they'd have to face Astros ace Justin Verlander in Game 4 tonight. In what could turn out to be bad gamble or a bold and brilliant move, the ...

October 8th 2019


Despite Game 3 Hiccup, Astros Sitting Pretty

The Crawfish BoxesTo go 11-0 in the Major League Baseball playoffs is an almost impossible task. With most of the 2019 division series in the books, there was only one sweep among four series, and both NL matchups have already been pushed to five games. Of the teams still ...

October 8th 2019


Justin Verlander pushed Astros for ALDS Game 4 start on short rest

Sporting NewsVerlander reportedly pushed for the Astros to give him the ball after Zack Greinke took the loss in Game 3. "You can't put all your eggs in one basket and say, 'If we lose (Game 4), we've got Justin and Gerrit in Game 5,'" Verlander said, via MLB.com.

October 8th 2019


Rays Top the Astros and, for Once, Fill Their Stadium

The New York TimesThe Rays pounded the Astros, 10-3, in front of 32,251 fans — the stadium's largest crowd of 2019 and more than three-and-a-half times the number of fans that showed up for a game two weeks ago during a pennant race. Most of them roared their support and ...

October 8th 2019


Astros vs. Rays live stream: 2019 ALDS Game 4 prediction, pick, odds, TV channel, watch MLB playoffs online

CBSSports.comThanks to an offensive explosion in Game 3, the Tampa Bay Rays are still alive in the ALDS. They'll try to beat the Houston Astros again in Game 4 on Tuesday to force a winner-take-all Game 5 in Minute Maid Park on Thursday. A win Tuesday sends the ...

October 8th 2019


Oakland A's Eliminated In Wild Card; Now Must Deal With Ballpark Issues

ForbesThe season is over for the Oakland A's, but the political intrigue surrounding a new ballpark on the Howard Terminal site adjacent to the waterfront near downtown Oakland is ongoing. The A's lost the American League Wild Card Game, 5-1, to the Tampa Bay ...

October 3rd 2019


Oakland Athletics drop ninth consecutive winner-take-all games with latest wild card loss

USA TODAYOn Oct. 21, 1973, the Oakland Athletics won the franchise's fifth World Series title with a Game 7 victory over the New York Mets. Forty-six years later, the victory stands as the most recent winner-take-all victory for the franchise. Since then, the A's have lost ...

October 3rd 2019


How the Rays, the team with the smallest payroll in baseball, aren't just surviving, but thriving

ESPNOAKLAND, California -- In the middle of the visiting clubhouse at Oakland Coliseum grew the puddle of beer, a foot or so in diameter and a couple inches deep. The smoke had cleared on the Tampa Bay Rays' American League wild-card game victory over ...

October 3rd 2019


Rays' Victory Sets Stage for a Pitchers' Duel in Playoffs

The New York TimesIt was Yandy Diaz, the Tampa Bay Rays' muscular leadoff man, on Wednesday who drove a fastball from the Oakland Athletics' Sean Manaea over the right-field wall at the Coliseum. Diaz did it again in the third inning, between homers by his teammates ...

October 3rd 2019


Wednesday's baseball: Rays eliminate A's, reach ALDS

The Detroit NewsOakland, Calif. — Yandy Diaz slugged baseball's lowest spender into a matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the powerful Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its own game 5-1 in the AL wild-card round ...

October 3rd 2019