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Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros Betting Odds Preview and Pick

The Houston Astros will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Tampa Bay Rays pay a visit to Minute Maid Park.

It's a pitching duel between Mike Fiers for the Houston Astros (9-6 on the year) and Drew Smyly for Tampa Bay Rays (6-11 so far).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Tampa Bay Rays before the first pitch in this match found them as 135 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the over/under total of 8.5 earlier at TopBet.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.1-3.1 result in favor of 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

The Houston Astros sport a record of 66-61 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Rays sit at 54-72 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Houston Astros and the league No. 7-ranked Tampa Bay Rays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston Astros No. 13-rated offense, averaging 4.55 runs per game, against a Tampa Bay Rays defense that ranks No. 11 at 4.3 in runs allowed per game. The Houston Astros have averaged 8.49 hits per game so far, more than Tampa Bay Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.12 hits per game).

Tampa Bay brings the No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros's No. 9-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay shook off a 11-strikeout performance from D Pomeranz and still came out on top last tiime, emerging with a 2-1 victory over Boston on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

Houston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Pirates, a 5-4 final on Wednesday in support of C McHugh at PNC Park.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of Tampa Bay's last 19 games
  • Tampa Bay is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
  • Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
  • Houston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Houston, Saturday, August 27th