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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros Prediction and Betting Odds

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros Prediction and Betting Odds. The 59-61 Tampa Bay Rays are set to take on the 66-55 Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas tonight August 20, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 8:10 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Rays -110 / Astros -110
O/U: 7 runs

Pitching Match Up
Tampa Bay: Chris Archer (10-9, 2.93 ERA)
Houston: Collin McHugh (13-6, 4.09 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 3 of this 4 game series yesterday the Astros beat the Rays 3-2 in 13 innings.

The Rays head into Houston for the 4th game of a 4 game series. The 10-9 Chris Archer goes for the Rays and the 13-6 Collin McHugh goes for the Astros. Both team open at -110 with a line sitting at 7 runs. Tampa Bay has lost 5 of their last games and they sit in 4th place in the AL East 8.5 games back of the New York Yankees. While their pitching has been solid this season ranking 10th in team ERA their offense only ranks 25th in runs scored. The Astros have won 3 of their last 4 games and they lead the AL West with a 3 game lead over the L.A. Angels. They have a balanced squad that ranks 9th in the Majors in runs scored and 5th in team ERA.


Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Rays are 21-7 in their last 28 games against the Astros.

The Rays are 11-4 in their last 15 games against the Astros in Houston.

In the last 31 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 21-8-2.

This season the Astros are 42-20 at home and the Rays are 28-30 on the road.


Tampa Bay Rays: 59-61 SU / O/U 52-59 / Run Line W/L 66-54
Houston Astros: 66-55 SU / O/U 54-62 / Run Line W/L 64-56

Tampa Bay at Houston Key Betting Trends

• TB is 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
• TB is 1-6 in their last 7 road games.
• TB has an Over record of 9-5 in their last 14 overall.
• HOU is 40-15 in their last 55 home games.
• HOU is 24-9 in their last 33 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
• HOU has an Under record of 6-2 in their last 8 games.

Key Player Injuries

[P] 04/29/2015 – Kirby Yates 15-day DL (4/29) ( Pectoral )
[P] 05/09/2015 – Alex Cobb 60-day DL (3/27), out for season ( Forearm )
[P] 04/18/2015 – Jeff Beliveau 60-day DL (4/22), out for season ( Shoulder )
[RF] 08/01/2015 – Steven Souza 15-day DL (8/2) ( Hand )

[P] 04/17/2015 – Brad Peacock 60-day DL (4/14); out for season ( Hip )
[P] 05/19/2015 – Samuel Deduno 60-day DL (5/14), out for season ( Back )
[RF] 07/02/2015 – George Springer 15-day DL (7/1) ( Wrist )

Free MLB Pick

The main reason the Rays are not big road underdogs facing a Houston team that is tough to beat at home is that Chris Archer is on the hill. Tampa had won 2 straight with him on the hill, but he was shelled in his last outing when he gave up 7 earned runs in 5 innings in a 12-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. While the Rays have only won 1 of their last 5 games with Archer getting the start they are 9-3 in his last 12 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. Houston has lost Collin McHugh’;s last 2 starts even though he has only given up a total of 3 earned runs. Before those 2 losses th Astros had won 4 in a row with him on the mound and they are 15-3 in his last 18 home starts.

I have to go with the Astros in this one, as Archer is coming off a bad start and the Rays have struggled on the road as of late.

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