Win Or Go Home, Rays Face Uphill Battle Against Astros, Greinke

Pressure Is A Privilege

The Tampa Bay Rays trailing the Houston Astros 2-0 in the American League Division Series need a win today or their is no tomorrow, and they know it.

To extend their season they are going to have to get to Zack Greinke who went 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA with the Astros.

The Rays faced him August 29th and got to him for five earned runs on six hits in 5.1-innings, he struck out eight and walked one.

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“We’re going to have to be able to make some quick adjustments because he’s more than 90, 92, 93 [mph]guy.” Kevin Cash said. “Really pitches off his change-up quite a bit, mixes probably a little bit more. What maybe he doesn’t have in power, he does better with being unpredictable. “

The Rays will turn to Charlie Morton who finished the season 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA. In a win or go home game there is a benefit to having the calming influence of a Charlie Morton in the locker room and on the mound. “The way he goes about his business is pretty unbelievable, the way he’s just so consistent in his work and his presence in the clubhouse.” Austin Meadows said. “We love when Charlie’s on the mound and we go out and support him 100 percent. It’s fun to be a part of, for sure. Charlie’s a great, great person, great teammate. His presence is definitely, definitely really good in the clubhouse for sure.”

Kevin Kiermaier added that he wouldn’t want anyone else on the mound today. “We wouldn’t want anyone else on the mound right now with our season on the line, down 2 games to none to these guys. Charlie’s been our guy since day one. He’s been our horse all year, and he always lives for that big moment.”

“There’s been a saying around our clubhouse this whole year: Pressure is a privilege.” Kiermaier said. “And for Charlie to — he’s not going to put the pressure on himself for anyone today, not that he needs to. He’s just going to go out there and go execute his game plan to the best of his ability and go out there and execute the pitches that he’s done all year.

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