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2021 MLB Handicapping
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Friday, April 30th, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Lance McCullers vs. Ryan Yarbrough
MLB Moneyline Odds: OFF
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
These teams met in the postseason last year with Houston almost coming all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to earn a trip to the World Series.
The Astros started well, then hit a lull and are now playing some good ball again. They are third in scoring even though they have not been hitting the long ball. That is something that should come though missing Yordan Alvarez hurts.
Lance McCullers has good stuff and can miss bats but it has not quite come together for him just yet. He walks too many guys so when he gets hit he often gets burned more than he should.
Ryan Pressly and Ryne Stanek have been really good this season. The Rays should be very familiar with Stanek, they practically made him as an opener.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays got some wins over Oakland to start the week but I am not sure this going to be a good team this season. Admittedly it feels like that is the case every year but I think the hitting and pitching were better a year ago.
This looks like an opener spot for the Rays, nothing new there. I think they will lineup Ryan Yarbrough to follow which is a little dangerous with the righties the Astros have in their lineup. After allowing just one run in 10 2/3 innings over his past two outings pitching after an opener, Yarbrough is in line for Friday.
The Rays are doing good with their openers but the relievers have not had the same pop they did a year ago. Whether that comes or not remains to be seen.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 12-3 in their last 15 games with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite.
- Rays are 40-12 in their last 52 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rays are 28-9 in their last 37 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rays are 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games.
Free Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
The Astros are the play here for me. I like the way the team is playing right now and I think McCullers is undervalued. The Astros are probably road dogs and he is good value in that spot.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston Astros Moneyline
The Astros are 6-5 on the road coming into the series and as the losers in the playoffs last year have more to prove.
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