Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 6-18-2018

Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 6-18-2018

Tampa Bay Rays (32-37) vs Houston Astros (46-25)

Date : 06/18/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Monday night at 8:10 pm EST.  The Rays occupy the 3rd place slot within the AL East division while the Astros are currently in 1st place in the AL West.  This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads, however, the Rays took 3 of 4 from Houston in their last series at Minute Maid Park on 7-31-2017.

Tampa Bay Rays 's Latest Performance :

The Tampa Bay Rays have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the Rays would get swept by the Washington Nationals on the road on 6-6-2018.  They would also go on to lose a 4-game home set versus the Seattle Mariners on 6-10-2018 by suffering the 5-4 defeat in the finale.  The Rays would come out strong in their next series against the lowly Blue Jays by sweeping the 3-game home set on 6-13-2018; Nonetheless, they would drop the first 2 games of a 4-game set versus the NY Yankees while being outscored 9-3 in games 1 and 2.

The Rays are averaging 4.00 runs per game (24th) with a team batting average of .253 (7th), 64 homers (27th), along with 38 stolen bases on the year (12th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.93 (14th) with 573 strikeouts (19th) and 19 quality starts (29th).

Mallex Smith (.289 BA on 211 AB), Joey Wendle (.272 BA on 191 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.273 BA on 132 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.247 BA on 255 AB), Matt Duffy (.312 BA on 215 AB), and Denard Span (.238 BA on 143 AB) are also critical to the Baltimore offense.

Blake Snell (8-4) has pitched 87.1 innings this season and allowed 27 runs on 61 hits, 11 homers, 29 walks, and 97 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.58.  Chris Archer (3-4) has pitched 76.1 while allowing 37 runs on 76 hits, 9 homers, 26 walks, 76 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.24 for the season.


Houston Astros's Latest Performance :

The Houston Astros have won their last 5 games to where the O/U was 5-0.  Recently, the Astros would tie a 2-game home set versus the Mariners on 6-6-2018 while coming out strong in the next series by sweeping the Texas Rangers on the road in a 4-game set on 6-10-2018.  The defending champs would also go on to sweep the Oakland A’s in a 3-game road set on 6-14-2018 while picking up a 7-3 win at Kauffman Stadium on 6-15-2018 in game 1 of a 3-game set.

For the season, Houston is averaging 5.15 runs per game (2nd) with a team batting average of .265 (1st), 89 homers (5th), along with 35 stolen bases on the year (13th).  Their pitching staff ranks lowest in MLB stats with an ERA of 2.94 (1st) with 733 strikeouts (1st) along with 52 quality starts (1st).

Jose Altuve (.337 BA on 288 AB), Carlos Correa (.275 BA on 236 AB), Josh Reddick (241 BA on 162 AB), and Alex Bregman (.262 BA on 260 AB) has spearheaded the Astros offense throughout the year.  George Springer (.287 BA on 275 AB) has also been a solid contributor for the Astros at the plate.

Charlie Morton (8-1) has been consistent this year for Houston pitching 82.2 innings while allowing only 29 runs on 61 hits, 11 homers, 33 walks, and 105 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.94 while Justin Verlander (9-2) has pitched 100.1 innings thus far while allowing 20 runs on 56 hits, 8 homers, 20 walks, and 120 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.61.  Lance McCullers (8-3) has also been solid as he has pitched 82.1 innings while allowing 37 runs on 66 hits, 8 homers, 32 walks, 81 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.83.

How Tampa Bay Rays & Houston Astros Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Rays are 39-30 ATS while the O/U is 31-35-3.  On the other hamd, the Astros are 40-31 ATS while the O/U is 32-35-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The pitchers for this matchup have not been named, however, it would be fair to say that both these teams have gained some momentum recently with the Astros wining 10 of 13 games (7-straight) while the Rays have picked up 4 of their last 6 games recently.  While the Rays have only averaged 4 runs per game in their last 5 games, they have only allowed their opponents a tad less than 3 runs per game.  The Astros are beginning to return to earlier season form by scoring an average of 7 runs per game while allowing teams to put up an average of 3.8 runs per game in their last 5 outings.  It will be interesting to see how the Rays’ staff approach the dangerous batters within the Astro lineup.

Against The Spread Selection: Houston Astros

My reason for the pick :

I will back the Astros to get the win here in that, as stated, they are beginning to mirror the way in which they played earlier in the season.  The Rays, while picking up some wins recently, continue to struggle at the plate, thus explaining their inability to make any serious noise within the AL East.  In all, I expect Houston to play like the champions they are in the opener of this series, thus getting the all-important win in which to separate themselves even more from the Mariners in the AL West.

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays :

  • Betting Trends for Tampa Bay Rays

    • The Rays are 3-7 in last 10 road games
    • The Under is 8-2 in Rays last 10 road games

Betting trends for Houston Astros:

  • Betting Trends for Houston Astros

    • The Over is 5-1 in Astros last 6 games
    • The Over is 5-0 in Astros last 5 home games


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