The Rays are looking to gain a 2-0 series lead over the Astros in the ALCS.
Game 1 of the ALCS could have gone either way. The Tampa Bay Rays came out victorious over the Houston Astros by the final score of 2-1 in a game that had several turning points.
Perhaps the most notable came in the top of the eighth inning when the Astros loaded the bases with one out. Rays manager Kevin Cash called upon reliever Diego Castillo to save the day and it took one pitch to force an inning-ending double play. The bats for both teams will have to wake up in Game 2 if pressure is going to be taken off both pitching staffs.
What to watch for in Game 2
The Rays will have Charlie Morton on the mound Monday afternoon. He logged five innings of one-run baseball last week against the New York Yankees in what ended up being a 8-4 Rays win in Game 3 of the ALDS.
The Astros are calling on Lance McCullers Jr. as they look to even the series. He also made an ALDS start, against the Oakland Athletics, but had a much different result as he allowed four earned runs in four innings. The A’s launched three home runs in Game 1 of that series.
The Houston offense lit up the A’s and even had nine hits Sunday night against the Rays. Two costly double plays ruined rallies and the Tampa bullpen never broke. One player to keep an eye on moving forward is Jose Altuve. The former MVP was embroiled in the cheating scandal and appeared to have lost his swing in 2020. Then he hit a home run in Game 1. That marks his third straight game with a homer.
How to live stream Game 2
First pitch is set for 4:07 p.m. ET and can be seen on TBS. Fans can also find live streams of the game via the MLB streams subreddit.