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ALDS Game 3 Thread and preview. October 7th, 2019, 12:00 CDT. Astros vs Rays

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Greinke goes for the sweep. Join the discussion.

MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Greinke takes on former Astros Game sevens hero Charlie Morton St. Petersburg in Game 3 of the ALDS. The Astros hope to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays, having won the first two game of the series behind the completely dominant pitching of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Let’s look a little deeper into pitching match-ups.

The Astros declined to re-sign Morton in 2019, his lack of stamina throughout his career probably a main consideration. So, Morton went to Tampa and pitched a career high 194 innings at age 35 with a career low ERA of 3.05. He won 16 games and lost only 6.

He has slowed down somewhat in the last six weeks, with a 4.19 ERA and 3.78 xFIP since August 21st.

In the Wild Card game against the Oakland A’s Morton threw five innings without allowing a run, but had some problems with command, throwing only 56 strikes out of 94 pitches. He had only four strikeouts, while allowing five hits and three BBs, but he managed to evade damage despite pitching into several jams. He only had eight swinging strikes.

In two games against the Astros Morton has allowed eight earned runs in nine innings in two appearances. On August 27, Morton threw four innings and allowed six runs.

Zack Greinke comes into the game with 208.2 innings, an 18- 5 record and a 2.93 ERA in 2019. Since joining Houston in August Greinke has a 3.02 ERA. His worse start was against the Rays on August 29 in St. Petersburg, when he allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings. As a pitcher with the Diamondbacks in 2016 Greinke had a nine inning shutout against the Rays, but that is pre-history.

Here are the lineups for both teams, per MLB.com. Each name is a link to the post-season, season and career stats of each player.

Astros:

1) George Springer, CF

2) José Altuve, 2B

3) Michael Brantley, LF

4) Alex Bregman, 3B

5) Yordan Alvarez, DH

6) Yuli Gurriel, 1B

7) Carlos Correa, SS

8) Robinson Chirinos, C

9) Josh Reddick, RF

Rays:

1) Yandy Díaz, 3B

2) Austin Meadows, LF

3) Tommy Pham, DH

4) Ji-Man Choi, 1B

5) Avisaíl García, RF

6) Brandon Lowe, 2B

7) Travis d’Arnaud, C

8) Kevin Kiermaier, CF

9) Willy Adames, SS

Go Stros