"We didn't finish where we wanted to, but at the same time ... what a fun year," defensive wiz Kevin Kiermaier said.
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Another dominant Gerrit Cole playoffs performance has Buster and Karl Ravech comparing the Houston ace to another all-time great (14:32). The guys also discuss Tyler Glasnow's pitch-tipping, X-factors in each championship series, the firing of Gabe Kapler and more. Plus, Rena Banena's "Bleacher Tweets" and some jovial conversations about underage drinking and baseball sitcoms (31:33).
While Rays starter Tyler Glasnow said it was "pretty obvious" he was tipping his pitches Thursday night, both Tampa Bay and Houston said that wasn't what did in the Rays in the ALDS.
Astros ace Gerrit Cole stifled the upstart Rays for the second time during the ALDS and continued his historic run with 10 strikeouts over eight dominant innings Thursday night.
Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
Second baseman Eric Sogard returned to the starting lineup for the Tampa Bay Rays for Thursday night's Game 5 of the ALDS against the Astros. Sogard hit a solo homer, but it wasn't enough as the Astros advanced with a 6-1 win.
After the Dodgers fall short in October once again, Buster and Keith Law talk about Dave Roberts' handling of the bullpen and how Clayton Kershaw's poor performance affects his career narrative (20:43). Plus, they discuss Stephen Strasburg's resilience and the Cardinals' thrashing of the Braves. Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (38:47) and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan previews tonight's ALDS Game 5 between the Astros and Rays (45:22).
The Rays hope their momentum carries over from St. Pete, and the Astros look to rock Minute Maid Park yet again.
The Rays have the recent buzz. The Astros have Gerrit Cole. Only one can move on to the ALCS.
With three winner-take-all Game 5's now set, Buster and Jon Sciambi break down Tampa's win last night, the Walker Buehler/Stephen Strasburg pitching matchup, Freddie Freeman's struggles and more (11:32). Plus, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch discusses the compelling Braves/Cardinals series, the making of Jack Flaherty and the X-factors for tonight's game (28:38). And, "Hembo Knows" (36:02).
Tampa Bay played giant killer in cutting down Justin Verlander, and while the wild-card Rays face another tall task, it's hard to bet against them.
Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, Tommy Pham also went deep and the Tampa Bay Rays chased Justin Verlander early in beating the Houston Astros 4-1 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at two games apiece.
The Rays knocked Astros ace Justin Verlander out of Tuesday's Game 4 after just 3 2/3 innings and went on to even the ALDS at two games apiece.
Yandy Diaz, who blasted two home runs in the Rays' wild card win, was not in their Game 4 lineup against the Astros with foot soreness.
Tampa Bay fought off elimination once, but to force a decisive Game 5 against favored Houston, it has to go through Justin Verlander.
Houston's deadline acquisition faltered. Former Astro Charlie Morton did not. Now it's up to Justin Verlander to pick up the pieces.
Justin Verlander will get the ball for the Astros with Houston looking to close out Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays backed another clutch playoff pitching performance by Charlie Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to...