At 36-years-old, Justin Verlander is coming off a history-making season in which he won 21 games against just six losses, registered a 2.58 ERA to place second in the category in the American League behind teammate Gerrit Cole, and struck out 300 batters for the first time in his 15-year Major League Baseball career. Along the way, he also became only the sixth pitcher in MLB history to toss a third no-hitter, as The Inquisitr reported. But he faces perhaps the most difficult assignment of his memorable season on Tuesday when he must try to close out the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on just three days rest.
Verlander has made 405 starts in his likely first-ballot Hall of Fame career — but exactly zero on three days rest after a regular start, according to Sports Illustrated. The results of Verlander’s bold experiment will come in the game that will stream live from the Rays’ home field.
To find out how to watch a live online stream of the Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays AL Division Series Game 4, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. EDT, 4:07 p.m. PDT at 42,700-seat Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Tuesday, October 8.
Verlander has twice pitched in games on fewer than four days rest. But one of those came in relief, during the fourth game of the 2017 ALDS when the Astros closed out the Boston Red Sox — and went on to win the first and only World Series in franchise history. Verlander also started a game on just two days of rest in the 2011 ALDS against the New York Yankees, when the three-time AL Cy Young Award winner was still with his original team, the Detroit Tigers. But he started that game after an abbreviated outing cut short by rain after just 25 pitches.
But on Friday, Verlander threw exactly 100 pitches as he dominated the Rays over seven innings, allowing no runs and just one hit.
For Tampa Bay, manager Kevin Cash has practically called on everybody to take on Verlander. The “opener” for the possible elimination game — with Tampa Bay trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five series — will be 25-year-old Dominican receiver Diego Castillo, according to MLB.com. But Castillo will be expected to throw no more than two or three innings maximum before Cash empties his bullpen in an effort to hold back the Astros.
After going down 2-0 in the series, the Rays felt the home-field advantage on Monday, running over Houston, 10-3. They will need another offensive outburst against the leading AL Cy Young candidate to stay alive and send the series back to Houston for a Game 5.
To watch a free live online stream of the Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays ALDS Game 4, log in to Fox Sports Go, which offers a livestream free of charge to anyone with cable or satellite TV login credentials from participating providers. The service is also available through the Fox Sports Go app for mobile devices, as well as on set-top streaming boxes such as the Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire.
Another way to watch the Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays game with a free livestream — but without a cable subscription — is to sign up for a complimentary trial of one of the increasingly popular streaming TV packages, which include Sling TV, YouTube TV, or AT&T TV Now, which until recently was known as DirecTV Now. All three of those services require credit card information and will charge a subscription fee. But they also each offer a seven-day free trial, during which fans can watch the ‘Stros-Rays playoff game at the Trop livestream for free.
Fans with authentication from a participating cable or satellite provider can also subscribe for free to Postseason.tv, which provides alternate video feeds of the Houston-Tampa Bay ALDS playoff game and many other MLB postseason contests. Even without those login credentials, a $24.99 subscription fee allows users to buy access to Postseason.tv.