Astros vs. Rays Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds: Will Rays Send This Series Back to Houston?
Thomas B. Shea, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Diego Castillo
- The betting odds for Astros-Rays Game 4 opened with Houston listed as a huge favorite (-240 moneyline odds) and the Raybon at +210 underdogs. The over/under for the game opened at 7.5.
- The odds have moved a bit in Tampa's favor, but are the Rays worth a bet?
- Our MLB expert Sean Zerillo picks out his favorite wagers for Game 4.
Astros vs. Rays Game 4 Betting Picks, Odds & Predictions
Probable starters: Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) vs. Diego Castillo (5-8, 3.41 ERA)
- Astros odds: -260
- Rays odds: +205
- Over/Under: 7.5
- First pitch: 7:07 p.m. ET on FS1
Odds as of Tuesday morning. Check out PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).
The Tampa Bay Rays first utilized an opener in May of 2018, deploying Sergio Romo as their starting pitcher, in name only, three times in five days.
In a copycat league, other teams have followed suit in the time since – with the Angels, Brewers, Mariners, Yankees, and other teams opting for a bullpen arm to face the best hitters at the top of the opposing lineup, before bringing in a “bulk” pitcher to turn that lineup over.
It seems fitting that the Rays would need to deploy an opener at some point in their first playoff appearance since introducing the strategy, and they’ll turn to Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbrough and the rest of their bullpen to keep their 2019 season alive.
Can they put together a pitching staff, for one game, that can go toe-to-toe with Justin Verlander?