Rays bring 1-0 series lead over Astros into game 2

October 1, 2022 GMT

Tampa Bay Rays (86-71, third in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (102-55, first in the AL West)

Houston; Saturday, 7:20 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Shane McClanahan (12-7, 2.51 ERA, .92 WHIP, 192 strikeouts); Astros: Cristian Javier (10-9, 2.65 ERA, .96 WHIP, 187 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -161, Rays +136; over/under is 6 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays meet the Houston Astros leading the series 1-0.

Houston is 102-55 overall and 51-25 in home games. Astros hitters have a collective .422 slugging percentage to rank fifth in the majors.

Tampa Bay is 86-71 overall and 35-41 on the road. Rays hitters have a collective .310 on-base percentage, the ninth-ranked percentage in the AL.

The teams meet Saturday for the fifth time this season. The Astros are up 3-1 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Altuve has 35 doubles, 28 home runs and 57 RBI for the Astros. Jeremy Pena is 9-for-37 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs over the past 10 games.

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Harold Ramirez has 24 doubles and six home runs for the Rays. Jonathan Aranda is 2-for-23 with a home run over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 6-4, .234 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs

Rays: 4-6, .218 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored by four runs

INJURIES: Astros: Lance McCullers Jr.: day-to-day (illness), Michael Brantley: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jason Castro: 60-Day IL (knee), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat)

Rays: Brandon Lowe: 60-Day IL (back), Ryan Yarbrough: 15-Day IL (oblique), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (foot), Jalen Beeks: 15-Day IL (leg), Ryan Thompson: 60-Day IL (tricep), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (elbow), Roman Quinn: 10-Day IL (knee), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: 60-Day IL (hip), Mike Zunino: 60-Day IL (shoulder), J.P. Feyereisen: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Andrew Kittredge: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.