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Brandon Lowe on Rays' bench versus Astros in ALDS Game 5

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe is not starting Thursday night in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Lowe has struggled this series, going 4-for-19 with 8 strikeouts, though he did deliver a home run and a double over the last two games. Eric Sogard is starting on second base for the Rays and batting fifth in the elimination matchup.

The Rays are heavy underdogs on the road and have an implied total of just 2.64 runs against Cole and the Astros in Game 5.