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2021 MLB Handicapping
(97-59) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros (91-65)
Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Michael Wacha (TB) vs. Jose Urquidy (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays +125 Astros -156
MLB run line Betting Odds: Rays +1.5, Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
Two of the premier teams in the American League will be facing off, as the Rays visit the Astros.
Michael Wacha is going for the Rays and Jose Urquidy gets the start for the Astros.
Houston took 2 games out of 3 when these teams met earlier in the year.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays just continue to play good baseball. They have been a very consistent team this year.
With a record 97-59, they are in 1st place in the American League East. They have officially won that division.
Tampa beat the Marlins 3-2 on Sunday, which completed the sweep for them. In those games, the Rays scored 18 runs and allowed 5 runs.
Shane Baz went 5.2 innings, did not allow an earned run, and struck out 9 batters on Sunday.
Michael Wacha is 3-5 with an ERA of 5.49. His last outing was against the Blue Jays, where he went 3 innings and allowed 1 earned run. Toronto won that game 4-2.
The pitching for this team has been very strong in 2021. They have an ERA of 3.75, which is the 7th best in the game.
This club has also been very strong on offense. They are scoring 5.31 runs per game, which is 2nd best in the sport.
Tampa Bay has hit 211 home runs, which is the 8th best in baseball.
Similar to the Rays, the Astros have had a very strong season. They have been one of the better teams in the American League.
With a record of 91-65, they are in 1st place in the American League East.
Houston lost to the Athletics 4-3 on Sunday, which completed the sweep for Oakland. In those games, the Astros scored 6 runs and allowed 20 runs.
Jake Odorizzi went 4 innings and allowed 1 earned run on Sunday.
Jose Urquidy is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.56. His last start was against the Angels, where he went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. Houston won that game 10-5.
The pitching for this club has been solid. They have an ERA of 3.74, which is 5th best in the game.
Their offense is the best in baseball when it comes to runs scored per game. They are scoring 5.34 runs per game.
Houston has hit 209 home runs, which is 9th best in the sport.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
- Rays are 2-9 in their last 11 games with the total set at 9.
- Astros are 11-3 in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above.600
- Astros are 12-4 in their last 16 Tuesday games.
- Astros are 54-18 in their last 72 games following an off day.
- Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Two of the best teams in baseball will be going at it in this series. It has the chance to be a very entertaining one.
To me, Tampa is the better team, but I am not sold they will win this one. I do not feel that Wacha matches up well with that Houston lineup.
Jose Urquidy will have his hands full when going againt this powerful linup for Tampa, but I think he can be solid and neutralize them.
My play is on the Astros here.
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