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MLB BASEBALL

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Minute Maid Park.

The Rays will trot Chris Archer out to the mound in this one. Righthander Archer has a 2-3 record and a 4.40 ERA this season.

It'll be Jordan Lyles toeing the rubber for the Astros in this contest. Righthander Lyles is 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Astros at +148 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 45-40 SU
Houston: 31-54 SU

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Houston most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Houston
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Houston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Chi White Sox, Friday, July 5
Houston at Texas, Friday, July 5