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A quick breakdown of the series finale between the Astros and Rays on Sunday:
Final Score: Rays 3, Astros 1
Record: 1-3, fifth in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Yonny Chirinos (1-0).
Losing pitcher: Wade Miley (0-1).
Star of the game: Jake Marisnick was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing game. He was responsible for the lone run on his solo home run and two of the only three hits of the afternoon.
Notes: Miley's first inning as an Astro did not go as planned, giving up a run on three hits to put the Rays up 1-0. Jake Marisnick tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the third, but Austin Meadows broke the tie in the bottom of the inning, blasting a two-run homer to center field off of Miley to make it 3-1. That score would go final after Yonny Chirinos made easy work of the Astros over seven innings before Tampa Bay's bullpen closed the door to hand Houston the series loss.
Up next: The Astros will travel to Arlington tonight to start a three-game set against the Rangers tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. Brad Peacock will get his 2019 season underway as the number five starter in Houston's rotation, while Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rangers.
With a new season on the horizon, the Astros have high hopes for 2024 after coming just one game shy of being in the World Series for three consecutive seasons.
If Houston wants to get back to the Fall Classic in 2024, they're going to have to rely on their pitching. Owner Jim Crane believes the club has 8 starting pitchers when Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers Jr. return mid-season.
Which allows several of the starters to move to the bullpen and provide even more depth. Add those guys to Bryan Abreu, Ryan Pressly, and Josh Hader and you have a recipe for success.
Check out the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham goes through the entire staff and makes his case for the Astros having the best pitching staff in baseball.
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