Astros vs. Rays Prediction
Will the Tampa Bay Rays lock up a series win over the Houston Astros when the two wrap up their weekend series today at 1:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, July 1, 2018
1:10PM ET – Tropicana Field
TV: SUN (TB); ATSW (Hou)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are favored on the road today, as they are getting odds of -140 to win. The Rays are listed with a money line of +120 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 7 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 64 percent going on Houston. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Astros upset again
The Astros lost their second straight at Tampa on Saturday, 5-2. Houston is 55-30 overall this season and 30-13 on the road. The Astros are putting up 5.11 runs per game this season while allowing 3.04 per game.
Charlie Morton is on the mound for Houston this afternoon. He has started 16 games this season and has a 10-1 record with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Morton has not allowed an earned run in his last 13 innings. This year, Morton has 122 strikeouts and 39 walks over 95.2 innings.
Rays get to .500
The Rays won their second straight and seventh in eight with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. They have held their last five opponents to two runs or less. Tampa is now 41-41 overall and 22-17 at home. The Rays are averaging only 3.89 runs per game while allowing just 3.88.
Blake Snell gets the start for Tampa on Sunday. Snell is 10-4 through 17 starts with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Snell has allowed 1 earned run or less in six of his last seven starts. This year, Snell has 113 strikeouts and 40 walks over 101.1 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros have won Morton’s last four starts and 10 of his last 14 starts against AL East opponents. The Astros are also 40-20 in their last 60 road games.
The Rays have won 10 of their last 11 at home and nine of Snell’s last 10 starts against AL West opponents.
The key for the Rays during this recent hot streak, they have relied heavily on pitching. That will be the case again on Sunday with Snell battling Morton. I definitely think Snell can match Morton, if not best him. Houston has gone really quiet at the plate this weekend and I am going to take Tampa with its home momentum against Houston.
The Pick: Tampa Rays +120