On the first day of 2019, the season picked up in sorts as it wound up last year with the Houston Astros continue to be a great road team. In Tampa Bay for a 3 pm game, the Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1.

Third Opening Day Home Run for George Springer

Last year's Cy Young Award runner-up Justin Verlander made his second opening day start against the CY winner Blake Snell. As if to say Verlander should have won, George Springer took Snell 427' into deep center in third for 3 runs on a fastball Roger Maris might have said wasn't fast enough.

On a less stellar note, Carlos Correa missed the lineup on Opening Day for the first time since 2015. He's still day to day with a neck strain from last Friday's Grapefruit League game with the Mets.

Verlander Takes the Win

Not to belabor a point, but the Cy Young winner lost the game to the runner up. Admittedly it looked shaky in the first moments when Justin Verlander gave up a Ray homer to account for their only run today. If Verlander looked rattled after the shot it was just an illusion, he rebounded with one run on 3 hits over seven with nine struck out.

Brantley, Gurriel, and Altuve had two hits each. The Astros finished with ten hits and an error in the 5-1 win.

Next Game

The Astros stay in Florida through the weekend, Friday's first pitch is at 6:10 pm Lake Charles time. The home opener in Minute Maid Park is Monday night with the Texas Rangers at 7:05 pm.