Tampa Bay opens 2019 campaign against Houston
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 4 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston visits Tampa Bay for opening day.
The Rays went 41-35 in division play in 2018. Tampa Bay hit .258 as a team last year while averaging 8.7 hits per game.
The Astros finished 46-30 against AL West Division opponents in 2018. Houston pitchers had a WHIP of 1.10 last season while striking out 10.4 hitters per game. The Rays won the season series 4-3 in 2018.
Rays Injuries: Jose De Leon: day-to-day (elbow).