Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
Tampa Bay Rays (25-42) at Houston Astros (30-37)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Alex Cobb (R) (1-4) (4.390) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (4-3) (2.816)
The Line: Houston Astros +121 / Tampa Bay Rays -131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, CSN-HOU
The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays will take the field Friday night to begin a three-game series.
The Rays had Thursday off to help think about their horrible 9-2 record in the month of June. While neither side of the ball has been playing well, the Rays offense has produced three or fewer runs in nine of their last 14 games. That’s not good enough when the Rays pitching has an ERA of 4.08. The only Ray hitting the ball well has been Desmond Jennings, who has 10 hits in his last 10 games. Taking the mound is Alex Cobb, who is 1-4 with a 4.39 ERA and has 34 strikeouts in 41 innings. This is Cobb’s first career game against the Astros.
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The Astros have actually won seven of 11 games in the month of June and are only six games below a .500 record. Remember, this was a team that was supposed to be the worst in the league. Despite an offense loaded with no names, the Astros have scored four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. George Springer has scored six runs in his last nine games and Chris Carter has five homers in his last nine games. The Astros pitching has an ERA of 4.13. Collin McHugh gets the nod, and he’s 4-3 with a 2.82 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. This is McHugh’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 6-2 in Cobb's last 8 starts as a road favorite and 2-5 in Cobb's last 7 starts. The Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in McHugh's last 7 starts as an underdog. The Rays are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Houston.
Cobb is no David Price and the Rays have been god awful all season long. The Astros have been on fire lately and are at home. I'll take Houston with the added value.