Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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HOUSTON ASTROS TAMPA BAY RAYS
12-5, 1st in American League West April 22, 6:10 PM | Turf of Tropicana Field 9-9, 4th in American League East
Houston at Tampa Bay, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 6:10 PM ET, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 6:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Houston), FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.81 ERA) vs. Rays LH Blake Snell (0-2, 2.76)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Houston Astros [C. Morton -R] -1½ +145 -112 Ov 8½ -105
Tampa Bay Rays [B. Snell -L] +1½ -165 +102 Un 8½ -115
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A winning streak will be on the line for the Houston Astros on Saturday when they battle the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Right hander Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Astros to start this game. Morton is 1-1 this season with a 2.81 ERA.

Meanwhile, it’ll be Blake Snell who starts for the Rays. Left hander Snell is 0-2 with a 3.30 ERA so far this season.

Morton won his first game of the year last Monday when he limited the Los Angeles Angels to five hits over five scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory. The 33-year-old New Jersey native, who missed most of last season with a torn hamstring, gave up five runs over 11 innings in his first two starts with the Astros after signing a two-year deal. Dickerson is 4-for-9 with a homer versus Morton, who gave up two earned runs over seven innings in a loss to Tampa Bay in their only meeting in 2014.

Snell continues to struggle with control, which drives up his pitch count, walking 10 batters in 16 1/3 frames while striking out 11. The 24-year-old Washington native allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and a pair of walks over five innings in a 4-3 loss at Boston on Monday. Snell, who has given up six unearned in three starts, was pounded by Houston for five runs (four earned) in three innings last year as Carlos Correa, Evan Gattis and George Springer each went 2-for-2.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 112-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.5.

The American League West-leading Houston Astros look for their ninth win in 10 contests when they visit the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for the middle contest of a three-game set. Veteran Carlos Beltran homered for the second straight game Friday as the Astros rallied from a two-run deficit for a 6-3 victory – their fifth in six road encounters during the early season.

Cuban first baseman Yuli Gurriel has played a big part in Houston’s surge, going 13-for-26 with a homer and four RBIs over the last eight games after recording three hits (two doubles) in the series opener. Homers by Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson had staked the Rays to a 3-1 lead through three innings, but they fell for just the third time in 11 home games. Red-hot center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who is 11-for-23 during a six-game hitting streak for Tampa Bay, left Friday’s game due to illness and is questionable for Saturday. Blake Snell will try to get his first win of the season when he takes the mound against Astros newcomer Charlie Morton.

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Houston:
Team record: 12-5 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Houston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 9-9 SU
Tampa Bay is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Tampa Bay Sunday, April 23

MLB TIPS

1. Tampa Bay RF Steven Souza Jr. is 9-for-21 with a homer and seven RBIs during a five-game hitting streak.

2. The Astros reached 12 wins Friday, 17 days earlier than they accomplished the feat last season on May 8.

3. The Rays placed LHP Xavier Cedeno (left forearm tightness) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP Ryan Garton.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Tampa Bay Rays will win outright at +102 and the game will go over 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rays 5, Astros 4 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
HOU TEAM TB
4.29 RUNS 4.61
3.41 RUNS AGNST 4.33
0.88 DIFF 0.28
$468 MONEY $27
3.11 TEAM ERA 3.82
9.06 OFF HITS 8.72
3.35 OFF WALKS 3.44
7.12 OFF Ks 10.17
7.71 DEF HITS 8.39
3.00 DEF WALKS 3.06
9.35 DEF Ks 6.89
INJURIES
HOUSTON ASTROS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Lance McCullers P 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Rasmus OF 15-Day Disabled List
Luis Valbuena 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Tucker Preston OF 15-Day Disabled List
TAMPA BAY RAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
HOUSTON ASTROS
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Houston’s last 24 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Houston’s last 17 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Houston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
TAMPA BAY RAYS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Houston
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Tampa Bay is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Tampa Bay’s last 24 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Tampa Bay’s last 17 games when playing at home against Houston
Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Houston
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.3 5 4.3 9
Houston’s Away Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Home Defense 6.7 1 3.7 7
Houston’s Road ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Home ERA Allowed 4.4 9 5.3 4
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.6 4 3.4 3
Tampa Bay’s Home Scoring vs Houston’s Road Defense 5.2 4 4.5 10
Tampa Bay’s Home ERA vs Houston’s Road ERA Allowed 3.5 7 5.7 1
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
ASTROS
Astros are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Astros trail the league in hits with 8.1 per game.
Astros strike out more than any team in the league with 9.5 per game.
Astros are the easiest team to score on in the league, giving up 5.2 runs per game.
Astros are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.4 per game.
Astros give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.8 per game.
Astros strike out the second least opponents in the league with 6.7 per game.
RAYS
Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.
Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.

 

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