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Rays at Astros - 8/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (58-58) at Houston Astros (63-54)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

E Ramirez (9-4) (3.51) vs. S Kazmir (6-7) (2.12)

The Line: Houston Astros -159 / Tampa Bay Rays +149 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/RTSW

The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros begin their series Monday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Rays have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 116 hits and 54 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 80 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost four straight road games. Erasmo Ramirez gets the nod, and he’s 9-4 with a 3.59 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Ramirez is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Rays at Astros - 8/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Astros have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Astros have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 136 hits and 50 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 103 RBI. The Houston Astros have won six of their last eight home games. Scott Kazmir takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 2.12 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 6-16 in their last 22 road games and 6-2 in Ramirezs last 8 road starts. The Astros are 10-4 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Rays are 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Houston and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings overall.

Both teams are putting runs on the board lately and we have two pitchers who have been tagged pretty good in their last few starts. Give me the over in this machup. 

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Over 7.5

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