Tampa Bay jumps on Verlander early with 3 runs in the first and plays it out to win 4-1 to send it to a game 5 Thursday. I've seen starter pitch on short rest many times and the high majority of the time it doesn't work out. TB quelled the Astro's budding momentum when they made a perfect relay from CF to nip Altuve for the 2nd out trying to score the Astro's first run on a shot off the wall. The TB pitching was the modern way utilizing an opener and closing with last years CY winner. None of their 6 pitchers got more than 7 outs or less than two.. Thursday will be interesting! How many runs can TB score on Cole, and how soon can they get him out of the game and into the bullpen which is not as strong as the TB pen. With the day off tomorrow there will be a lot of pitchers with at least a day of rest and primed to go. What great or bad defensive or base-running plays will impact the game?
Also looking forward to hopefully two good game fives tomorrow.
Will be rooting for TB Thursday and Nats tomorrow. No particular favorite in the other game tomorrow.