Rays-Astros ALCS: Top-seeded Tampa Bay looks to dethrone the defending AL champs

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We’ve gotten used to seeing the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. The Tampa Bay Rays? Not so much.

The Astros bashed their way into their fourth consecutive ALCS, the longest streak since the 1998-2001 Yankees. Houston scored 33 runs and hit 12 home runs in its four-game division series win over the Oakland Athletics. Carlos Correa has led the resurgent Astros offense this postseason, with four homers, 12 RBIs, a .500 average and 1.715 OPS in six games.

The Rays are making the second ALCS appearance in franchise history; they beat the Red Sox in seven games in 2008 before losing to the Phillies in the World Series. The AL’s top seed, the Rays are solid in all facets of the game with a surprisingly deep lineup, steady starting pitchers and raft of power arms in the bullpen.

The odds say …

The Rays have a 63.3% chance of winning the series. (Projections from ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle.)

How they got here

Rays: Powered by a dominant pitching staff that features three potential aces in Blake Snell, Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay ran away with the AL East race and edged out

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