Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 7/10/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (49-39) at Tampa Bay Rays (43-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
L McCullers (4-2) (2.16) vs. E Ramirez (7-3) (3.68)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +107 / Houston Astros -117 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, ROOT-Southwest
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros face off on Friday at Tropicana Field as they play game one of their MLB series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost their last four games to slip to fourth place in the American League East standings. The Rays are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 21-27 at home, and they are 4.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. As a team the Rays are hitting .241 with Evan Longoria hitting .281, Logan Forsythe hitting .277, and Kevin Kiermaier hitting .255. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.64 with the starters at 3.37 and the bullpen at 4.09. For game one against the Astros the Rays start Erasmo Ramirez who has allowed who has allowed 58 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 61 over 73.1 innings for a 7-3 record and a 3.80 ERA.
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The Houston Astros continue to lead the American League West but their lead has been shrinking. The Astros are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 21-23 on the road, and their lead is one game over the Angels in the AL West. As a team the Astros are hitting .243 with Jose Altuve hitting .298, George Springer hitting .264, and Evan Gattis hitting .246. As a team the Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.58 with the starters at 3.99 and the bullpen at 2.75. For game one against the Rays the Astros start Collin McHugh who has allowed 112 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 85 over 107 innings for a 9-4 record and a 4.54 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 1-4 in their last five games as a home favorite, 3-15 in their last 18 games, and 6-1 in Ramirez’s last seven starts. Houston is 4-0 in game one of a series, 1-5 in their last six road games, and 8-3 in McHugh’s last 11 starts as an underdog. Houston is 1-5 in their last six games at Tampa Bay.
Both of these teams are cold of late but Ramirez has delivered and while I won’t be playing this game personally, it’s just a lean to the Rays at home.