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Runs, OVERS Aplenty When Astros, Rays Clash

Pitchers have dreaded taking to the mound when the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays have faced off. The two clubs have averaged a combined 11.3 runs per game in their past eight meetings with the OVER hitting in every contest. Are more runs in store when the ’Stros and Rays continue their four-game set Wednesday?

SHARK BITES
  • Evan Longoria is slashing .361/.382/.667 since the all-star break.
  • The Astros are 11-1 SU when Dallas Keuchel starts this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Astros’ last 11 games.

Dallas Keuchel looked a little rusty in his last start following a stint on the DL, with the Astros ace allowing three runs in just three innings of work. On a positive note for Keuchel, he has been untouchable at Minute Maid Park with a 1.04 ERA in five home starts this season.

Austin Pruitt will be making his second consecutive start, and just his third of the season, in place of injured Jake Odorizzi. The right-hander was beaten up in his outing last Friday, as he allowing five earned runs and three home runs in 5.0 innings.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Tampa Bay Rays were 219 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 9 at Bet365 for those preferring OVER/UNDER betting.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.2-4.8 win for the Rays on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Houston (69-37) will face the 55-53 Rays in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 4 (Houston Astros) and the No. 19 (Tampa Bay Rays) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Tampa Bay Rays rank No. 19 at 8.58 hits per game. That compares with the Houston Astros No. 1 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.96 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 at home, scoring 4.94 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rays grabbed a win last time out, defeating Mike Fiers and the Astros 6-4 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Houston's last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Houston, Thursday, August 3

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