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(54-72) Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros (66-61)
Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Rays LH Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.88 ERA) vs. Astros RH Mike Fiers (9-6, 4.41)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Houston -140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Houston -1.5 +150
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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Houston and Tampa Bay begin a weekend series Friday night inside Minute Maid Park.
The Astros continue to push toward a Wild Card spot while the Rays are relishing in the spoiler role.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays may be in last place in the AL East, but somebody may have forgotten to tell them that.
Tampa Bay enters play Friday winners in 8 of their last 11 games. The Rays won back to back series’ against the Rangers and Red Sox, continuing to make life difficult for playoff bound teams.
The Rays will look for another stellar pitching performance when they send out Drew Smyly here to start the series off.
Smyly has completely changed his tone from the beginning of the season, as he is red hot right now. The LH has gone 4-0 in his last 6 outings while posting an ERA of only 2.79.
He has struggled in his career against the Astros though. Smyly has gone 1-2 with a 6.10 ERA against Houston, never making it deep into the game.
Houston continues to bounce back and forth within the AL Wild Card race.
However, the problem lies within the amount of teams they have to deal with. The Astros are battling with 7 other teams for the 2 Wild Card spots. Currently, they sit 4.0 games back of the 2nd spot, tied with Kansas City.
Houston will play 6 straight at home, a place where they have gone 34-28 at.
Houston sends out Mike Fiers, who has won 2 of his last 3 starts.
Fiers allowed 2 runs in 7.0 innings of work against the Rays back on June 11. Fiers received the win in the decision.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Astros are 8-1 in their last 9 Friday games.
- Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
The Rays have been a team nobody wants to see as of late.
Houston gets the edge here though despite that, as they have played well at home.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston Astros ML
Look for Fiers to continue his solid pitching and for Houston to try to get out early. If they can, Fiers can settle in and get deep into this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 6 – Tampa Bay 3
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