Astros and Rays Meet in ALCS

Astros and Rays Meet in ALCS (October 12) MLB Betting Odds and Preview

October 12th, 2020 MLB Baseball, Online Betting

To begin with its hard to conceive of two more opposite teams than the Astros and Rays. Houston has played in two World Series since 2017. Gamblers respect the ability of the Astros as a regular top tier contender. Tampa Bay is a sharp’s baseball betting dream. Squares want nothing to do with the Rays. They fail to see the enhanced value that Tampa Bay brings. In fact, the Rays are still considered a “small-market team.” Which is true. However, Tampa Bay has cracked the code with superior analytics. The ALCS is a contrast in styles and reputations.

Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Information

Date and Time:Monday, October 12, 2:07 PM CT
Location:Petco Park, San Diego, California
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays TV Coverage:TBD
2020 American League Championship Series Odds
Astros+1½ (-175)8 (-120)+115
Rays-1½ (+155)8 (EV)-125
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2020 American League Championship Series Schedule (Best of Seven)

Game 1Sunday, October 11, Astros 1 vs. Rays 2
Game 2Monday, October 12, TBD
Game 3Tuesday, October 13, TBD
Game 4Wednesday, October 14, TBD
Game 5Thursday, October 15, TBD
Game 6Friday, October 16, TBD
Game 7Saturday, October 17, TBD

2020 American League Championship Series Odds Analysis

On this occasion, the masses will flock to the Astros. Houston is one of the top online betting name brands. But with that comes the premium price. Counter to that is a Rays team that offers consistent profits. Value shoppers will get a quality team and a solid price with Tampa Bay. Extending the Rays ability is their ALDS win over the top payroll Yankees.

Tampa Bay Rays Overview

Second consecutive playoff appearances are proof of a well-managed franchise. Tampa Bay confounds the experts. Corelate one of the lowest payrolls in baseball winning at an elite level. Tampa Bay is 45-22. In sum, they ranked 12th for run production and 14th for home runs. In a similar way did the Rays rank third for staff earned run average. Tampa Bay boasts the third-ranked bullpen in all of baseball. Toronto lost 2-0 and New York went down 3-2 in post-season series to Tampa Bay.

Houston Astros Overview

Now Houston has a baseball betting record of 34-32. In postseason the Astros have picked up their play. Houston swept Minnesota 2-0 and handled Oakland 3-1. Also do the Astros have a strong bullpen ranked fourth in MLB. Houston ranked 14th for run production and 13th for earned run average. In turn, the Astros were the top fielding team in baseball this season. Houston also ranked sixth for quality starts. In view of their sloppy regular season, the Astros give some gamblers concern.

Players to Watch

Houston shortstop Carlos Correa has hit five home runs in postseason. So too is Correa hitting .500 with a 1.100 slugging percentage. His OPS is over the top at 1.715. Astros designated hitter George Springer has eight runs with two homers and seven runs batted in. Tampa Bay left fielder Randy Arozarena has eight runs and three homers in the playoffs. Tampa Bay reliever Peter Fairbanks has two saves with a 2.25 ERA.

ALCS SBG Free Pick

Above all the Rays will get the better price as a quality team that squares ignore. Houston has been wildly unreliable this season. Owing to the past is a price not based on today. Consequently, the Astros are likely an overlay. Along the same lines, Gerrit Cole is long gone from the Houston rotation.

ALCS SBG Best Bet: Tampa Bay Rays

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