Rays vs. Astros Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds: Will Tampa Pull Off a Massive Upset?


Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Gerrit Cole

Oct 10, 2019, 04:30 PM EDT
  • The betting odds for Thursday's ALDS Game 5 between the Rays and Astros opened with Houston as a massive favorite (-290 moneyline odds), compared to +250 for Tampa.
  • Since then, the odds have moved a bit in the Rays' favor, but are the Astros still getting too much respect in the betting market with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound?
  • Our MLB betting analyst Sean Zerillo gives his complete breakdown for the series-defining game, including picks for the moneyline and over/under.

Rays vs. Astros Game 5 Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds

Probable starters: Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.78 ERA) vs. Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA)

  • Rays odds: +220
  • Astros odds: -280
  • Over/Under:  7
  • First pitch:  7:07 p.m. ET on FS1

Odds as of Wednesday evening. Check out PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

The Tampa Bay Rays are one win away from upsetting the Houston Astros and advancing to the ALCS, where they would travel to play their division rival New York Yankees — the only team yet to lose a playoff game.

To get there, the Rays will have to do something offensively against Gerrit Cole, who generated 15 strikeouts over 7.2 shutout innings against the Rays in the Astros’ 3-1 Game 2 win.

Tampa Bay will counter with Tyler Glasnow, its best overall pitcher this season, in addition to a bevy of bullpen arms, and potentially starters Blake Snell and Charlie Morton in this winner-take-all game.

The Astros offense appeared frustrated against the Tampa Bay bullpen in Game 4, unable to get comfortable looks at any single arm due to constant pitching changes.

Will the Rays staff continue to frustrate Houston’s hitters as their lineup settles in against Cole, or can the Astros reassert their dominance before the Yankees come into town for the league championship series?

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