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ALDS Game 4: Astros vs Rays

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Elimination game, meet Justin Verlander. Good luck.

Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in game one of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 04, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in game one of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 04, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
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Tonight is the fourth game of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. Justin Verlander, future Hall of Famer and one of the best pitchers in baseball, will step to the mound as the Astros try to close it out and move to the American League Championship Series for the second time in three seasons.

Good luck, Rays. Woof.

At the very least, we’ll be able to see a full Tropicana Field, which is as rare as watching Lucas Duda make contact with a baseball. It should be fun, but it may not really be close. It is sometimes.

The winner of this series, either tonight or elsewhere, will go on to face the New York Yankees, who swept the poor Minnesota Twins in three games. If the Rays win, it will be a David and Goliath of the American League East. If the Astros win, it will be a Goliath and Goliath matchup between two 100-win teams.

Houston Astros lineup:

Tampa Bay Rays lineup: