Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros, Monday, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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54-52, 3rd in American League East July 31, 8:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park 68-36, 1st in American League West
Tampa Bay at Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:10 PM ET, Monday, July 31, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.46 ERA) vs. Astros RH Charlie Morton (8-4, 3.83)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays [A. Cobb -R] +1½ -145 +144 Ov 9 -115
Houston Astros [C. Morton -R] -1½ +125 -154 Un 9 -105
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Minute Maid Park.

Right hander Alex Cobb will take the mound for the Rays to start this game. Cobb is 9-6 this season with a 3.46 ERA.

Starting this game for the Astros will be Charlie Morton. The right hander has a 3.83 ERA to go along with a 8-4 record this season.

Cobb has gone 3-0 in his last four starts after allowing five runs and 17 hits over 30 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old Bostonian has served up six home runs over his last five turns and 16 in 21 overall starts but has issued just 34 walks in 138 frames. Brian McCann is 8-for-15 with a pair of homers versus Cobb, who lost to the Astros after yielding four runs over six innings on April 21 to fall to 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two career outings against them.

Morton continued to put together what could be his best season in the majors after limiting Philadelphia to three hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings last time out. The 33-year-old native of New Jersey has completed six frames in just half of his 14 starts but has registered 92 strikeouts over 82 1/3 innings, including 24 in the last three turns. Corey Dickerson is 5-for-12 with a homer against Morton, who gave up five runs over five innings in a loss at Tampa Bay on April 22.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 154-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

The American League-best Houston Astros hope to snap out of a bit of a funk on the mound when they host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday for the opener of their four-game series. The Astros have dropped three of their last four contests after getting thumped 13-1 by Detroit on Sunday and given up a total of 32 runs in that stretch, which could push them toward picking up another starting pitcher before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Lance McCullers Jr. gave up five runs on Sunday and the bullpen was pounded for eight more over three innings as Houston was shut out until Alex Bregman belted a solo homer in the ninth. Charlie Morton will try to turn things around on the mound for the Astros, who lead the AL West by 16 games, and will be opposed by one of the league’s hottest pitchers in Alex Cobb. The Rays salvaged the finale of their four-game road series against the New York Yankees with a 5-3 victory on Sunday and the newly acquired Lucas Duda recorded a single, giving him a hit in each of his first three contests with Tampa Bay (3-for-7, two homers). The Rays have won just three of their last 11 contests and trail the first-place Yankees by 3 ½ games in the AL East while sitting 2 ½ behind Kansas City for the second wild card.

The Astros were a 13-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Tigers. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at 101 on the moneyline, while the total score (14) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 5-3 winner on the road against the Yankees. Bettors on Tampa Bay at 144 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 54-52 SU
Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Team record: 68-36 SU
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Houston Tuesday, August 1


1. Houston 2B Jose Altuve has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games, batting .500 during that stretch.

2. Tampa Bay 1B Logan Morrison (heel) did not start the team’s last three contests but could be back in the lineup Monday.

3. The Astros placed RHP Will Harris (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled LHP Reymin Guduan from Triple-A Fresno.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Tampa Bay Rays will win outright at +144 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rays 5, Astros 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.57 RUNS 5.86
4.49 RUNS AGNST 4.31
0.08 DIFF 1.55
$46 MONEY $1,983
4.13 TEAM ERA 4.16
8.57 OFF HITS 10.16
3.50 OFF WALKS 3.20
9.71 OFF Ks 6.82
8.33 DEF HITS 8.04
3.28 DEF WALKS 3.18
8.10 DEF Ks 10.15
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
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 is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 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 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Tampa Bay is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.6 9 4.3 4
Tampa Bay’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 4.4 10 4.0 2
Tampa Bay’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.4 6 4.6 8
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 5.9 1 4.5 7
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Road Defense 4.8 8 4.8 8
Houston’s Home ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Road ERA Allowed 3.7 3 4.0 8
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.
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.


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