Verlander Astros Forced To A Game 5 As Rays Win 4-1

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October 9, 2019

Photo: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Houston Astros decided to pitch Justin Verlander on three days’ rest against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday looks like a desperate measure.

Verlander looked flat from the start. After getting Austin Meadows to open the bottom of the first, Verlander gave up a rocket of a blast to Tommy Pham to fall behind 1-0.

It’s not too often that you see a Verlander change up leave the park at 108 MPH and traveling 409 feet, but that’s exactly what happened early in Game 4.

Tampa Bay is looking to stave off elimination and force a Game 5 in Houston on Thursday. It’s looking good thus far.

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