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Astros face Tampa Bay Rays: MLB odds preview and stats

Houston AstrosTampa Bay Rays
July 12, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

32-59TEAM RECORD53-40

The Tampa Bay Rays host Houston on Friday, looking to build on their 53-40 mark against the 32-59 Astros in MLB betting action at Tropicana Field.

Houston puts its faith in starter Dallas Keuchel to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 4-4. Getting the ball for the Rays is David Price, who owns a 3-4 record on the season with a 4.18 ERA.

View Houston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Tampa Bay was a -285 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 5-ranked Rays and the American League No. 15-rated Astros in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.9 hits per game. The Astros average 7.8 hits per game, good for No. 15 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the American League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Houston lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Cardinals on July 10. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -246 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Astros were saddled with a loss last time out in Jordan Lyles' start, as they lost 5-4 against St. Louis on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Twins on July 11. Bettors who backed the Rays at -218 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 10-strikeout performance from Matt Moore - will prevail again after their 4-3 victory against Minnesota at Tropicana Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 10-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Astros at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games

Next up:
Houston at Tampa Bay, Saturday, July 13