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Should the Astros' Sudden Losing Skid Worry Bettors?

The Houston Astros have been flying high all season long, but they’ve hit a bit of a wall of late and are losers of three of their last four ahead of Monday’s tilt with the Tampa Bay Rays. Sportsbooks opened the ‘Stros as -153 home favorites with a total of nine.

Shark Bites
  • The Astros are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games after a loss.
  • The Rays are 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games when opening a series.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Astros' last nine games.

Alex Cobb and Charlie Morton are slated to get the ball for the Rays and Astros, respectively. Cobb (9-6, 3.46 ERA) is 3-0 in his last four starts and has allowed five runs and 17 hits over that span. The 29-year-old is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two career outings against Houston.

Morton (8-4, 3.83) has reached the six inning mark in half of his 14 starts on the year but has registered 92 strikeouts over 82 1/3 innings of work. The hurler gave up five runs over five innings in a setback to Tampa Bay on April 22.

The OVER has been red-hot when these teams have gotten together lately. In the last six meetings between the Astros and Rays, the OVER is a perfect 6-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Astros were listed as -156 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.6-4.3 win for the Astros. 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 (68-36) will face the 54-52 Rays in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Houston Astros rated this week at No. 4 and the Tampa Bay Rays sitting at No. 19.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has baseball's No. 1-rated offensive output, at 10.16 hits per game. The Tampa Bay Rays average 8.57 hits per game, good for No. 20 on the list.

Tampa Bay brings the No. 13-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros's No. 8-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay rolled to a 5-3 win against New York on Sunday, as Jacob Faria and the Rays' bats led the team to victory at Yankee Stadium.

Houston was routed on Sunday at Comerica Park, having a 13-1 loss put on them by the Detroit Tigers in baseball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Houston, Tuesday, August 1st

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