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(54-73) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros (67-61)
Date: Sunday August 28, 2016
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Chris Archer vs Doug Fister
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -116
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Tampa Bay Rays have nothing left to play for, so they’ll do their best to spoil the postseason chances of the Houston Astros.
Tampa Bay Rays
It’s been an awful season for the Tampa Bay Rays who are looking to spoil the playoff hopes of the Houston Astros.
The Rays were dealt an awful loss in Friday’s series opener when the Astros hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth to win it 5-4, and it’s been a microcosm for how their season has gone all year.
The Rays rank in the bottom-third of just about every offensive category in the majors, and the pitching hasn’t been much better.
Chris Archer has been a big reason why as he’s regressed tenfold from his spectacular 2015 campaign. Archer is just 7-17 with a 4.11 ERA this year and has lost six of his last 10 starts.
He’s fared well by allowing one earned run over his last two starts, but he’s been absolutely crushed on the road with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.
With a little more than 30 games to go, the Astros are in a dogfight with the Tigers, Mariners, Royals and Yankees for the American League’s second Wild Card spot.
With Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis, the Astros have the pieces to be a great offense. Unfortunately, there isn’t much outside of those three guys, so Houston has had to rely mostly on pitching to stay alive in the AL West.
Even with Dallas Keuchel struggling, the Astros rank top-10 in ERA, WHIP and K/9. Doug Fister has had a hand in that success and he’ll take the mound on Sunday to counter the struggling Archer.
Fister has been an interesting character recently despite possessing a 12-8 record and sub-3.60 ERA. His ERA is a half-point higher when pitching at Minute Maid Park and Houston is just 1-5 in his last six home starts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Rays are 22-36 on the road.
- Archer has a 5.97 road ERA.
- Archer has a .278 BAA on the road.
- The Astros are 35-28 at home.
- Fister has a .260 BAA at home.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
It’s been a nightmare season for the Tampa Bay Rays and especially for Chris Archer. With an ERA near the 6.00 mark on the road, Archer has been night and day this season, and the Astros should take advantage of that.
For the Astros, Fister has struggled at home, but not to the degree that Archer has struggled on the road.
Houston needs to win all of its easier games to stay in playoff contention, and I think the team gets it done in this one.
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The Astros need to reel off some wins, especially against the league’s weaker teams. They should leave this one win a with over the lowly Rays.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 6-3
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