Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros is off to one of his best starts ever. He’ll lead the Astros Tuesday night at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, starting at 8:10 PM ET. It will be the second of a three-game series.
Blake Snell (8-4, 2.58 ERA) took the loss in his last start, which was a 4-3 loss to the Yankees in New York. Snell allowed four runs on five hits over five innings, striking out eight and walking four. The 25-year-old southpaw is 0-1 in three career starts against the Astros, posting a 7.50 ERA. He is also 4-3 in nine road starts with a 3.78 ERA.
Meanwhile, Verlander (9-2, 1.61 ERA) picked up a win in a 7-3 victory in Oakland in his latest outing, giving up three runs on five hits over seven innings. Verlander struck out seven and allowed no walks on the day. The 35-year-old former MVP/Cy Young winner is 8-3 in 16 meetings with the Rays throughout his career. He is also 2-1 in seven home starts with a 1.93 ERA.
The Astros and the Rays have split their last 10 meetings. Eight of the games have come in over the posted total. This will be their first series of the year.