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Post-season Gameday Thread, #8: One and done

Just a single playoff contest to enjoy today

Divisional Series - Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

George Springer - CF Austin Meadows - LF
Michael Brantley - LF Tommy Pham - DH
Jose Altuve - 2B Ji-Man Choi - 1B
Alex Bregman - 3B Avisail Garcia - RF
Yordan Alvarez - DH Brandon Lowe - 2B
Yuli Gurriel - 1B Travis d'Arnaud - C
Carlos Correa - SS Joey Wendle - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Robinson Chirinos - C Willy Adames - SS

The Rays, unlike the Twins, were able to stave off elimination by their highly-favored opponents yesterday. But they still find themselves dangling over a pit of crocodiles with one broken arm, and an itchy nose. For tonight, they have to face Justin Verlander, who one-hit them over seven innings in the series opener. However, Verlander will be pitching on short rest. He has done so twice before, but once (the 2017 ALDS) was a bullpen outing, and the other, in the 2011 Division Series, came as a result of his scheduled start in Game 1 being suspended after one inning. So this will largely be uncharted territory for him. I suspect A.J. Hinch is using him this way, so that Verlander can pitch sooner in the ALCS.