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Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Betting Odds and Pick

The MLB baseball betting odds board sees a clash between Houston and Tampa Bay on Thursday, with the host Astros trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who pick them on the moneyline.

Houston hands the ball to starter Collin McHugh in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-0 mark on the year. Tampa Bay counters with Blake Snell, who will try to quiet the fans and the Astros bats at the same time.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Houston was a -155 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 9.5.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.1-4.0 result in favor of the Rays. 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 69-38 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Rays sit at 56-53 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays odds would favor the Astros if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Houston is rated No. 4 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 19.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Houston owns the No. 1 ranking for hits at 10.15 per game. By contrast, the Tampa Bay Rays are rated No. 19 in the same category at 8.59 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Houston has the No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rays didn't allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Houston 3-0 on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing Houston
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Milwaukee, Friday, August 4th
Houston home to Toronto, Friday, August 4th