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Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (54-53) at Houston Astros (69-36)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

C Archer (7-6) (3.87) vs. M Fiers (7-5) (3.79)

The Line: Houston Astros -127 / Tampa Bay Rays +117 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, ATSW

The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Rays have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 12 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 123 hits and 49 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 209 hits and 127 RBI. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA and 177 strikeouts this season. Archer is 4-2 with a 1.68 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Astros. 

Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look for another win after splitting their last eight games. The Astros scored 14 runs in Monday’s victory and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 148 hits and 61 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 128 hits and 143 RBI. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he is 7-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 1-0 with a 3.93 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 6-0 in their last 6 Tuesday games, 5-1 in Archers last 6 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-4 in Archers last 5 Tuesday starts. The Astros are 16-5 in their last 21 Tuesday games, 1-5 in Fiers' last 6 starts with 5 days of rest and 17-8 in Fiers' last 25 home starts. The Rays are 5-2 in Archers last 7 starts vs. Astros.

It's not often you get Archer with plus money, so it's very tempting in this spot. However, the Rays continue to find ways to lose in the second half, and they seem like a team that may be showing their true colors. Meanwhile, the Astros continue to be an offensive powerhouse, and Fiers has allowed three or less runs in five straight starts. I'm quickly losing confidence in the Rays. I'll lay the cheap price with the better team at home.

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