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Astros vs. Rays - 8/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (59-59) at Houston Astros (64-55)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

N Karns (7-5) (3.53) vs. D Keuchel (14-6) (2.36)

The Line: Houston Astros -120 / Tampa Bay Rays +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/RTSW

The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros play game three Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Rays have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 121 hits and 55 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 83 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays lost five of their last six road games. Nathan Karns gets the ball, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. This will be Karns’ first career game against the Astros.

Astros vs. Rays - 8/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Astros have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 141 hits and 50 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 104 RBI. The Houston Astros have won seven of their last 10 home games. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 14-6 with a 2.36 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Karns' last 5 starts. The Astros are 36-16 in their last 52 games as a home favorite and 17-5 in Keuchels last 22 home starts. The Astros are 0-4 in Keuchels last 4 starts vs. Rays. 

The Astros have their best pitcher on the hill, a guy who has gotten the job done in 17 of his last 22 starts. Houston and the cheap price is the play here. 

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Houston Astros -120

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