Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/14/14
Tampa Bay Rays (25-42) at Houston Astros (31-37)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Chris Archer (R) (3-3) (3.419) vs. Jarred Cosart (R) (5-5) (4.192)
The Line: Houston Astros -102 / Tampa Bay Rays -108 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, CSN-HOU
The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros will take the field Saturday for game two of a three-game series.
While the Rays have won only three games in the month of June, two of those wins have come in their last two contests. The Rays have scored 12 runs in their last two games, but have been held to three or less runs in nine of their last 15 games. James Loney has scored three runs in his last two games and Desmond Jennings has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. The Rays hav an ERA of 4.08. Chris Archer gets the start, and he’s 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Archer is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.
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The Astros have been playing their best baseball of the season by winning seven of their last 11 games. The difference has been their offense that has produced three or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Astros ERA in one of the worst in the league at 4.11, so those runs are needed. Chris Carter has five homers in his last 10 games and Jason Castro has hit safely in seven of his last nine games. Jarred Cosart takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 4.19 ERA and has 56 strikeouts in 73 innings. This is Cosart’s second career start against the Rays.
The Rays are 1-4 in Archer's last 5 starts as a favorite and 2-5 in Archer's last 7 starts. The Astros are 2-5 in Cosart's last 7 home starts and 1-4 in Cosart's last 5 starts as a home underdog. The Rays are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Houston.
Cosart has been a lot worse than Archer this season. So while the Astros have been hot and are at home, I think this is where the Rays start to build a little something and pick up their third straight win.