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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 6/28/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (54-28) at Tampa Bay Rays (39-40)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

L McCullers (8-3) (3.82) vs. Ryne Stanek (1-1) (1.99)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +172 / Houston Astros -182 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sun Sports, ATT-SW

The Houston Astros visit Tropicana Field to face the Tampa Bay Rays in Thursday MLB.

The Houston Astros are looking for another win after downing Toronto 7-6 on Wednesday. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed six runs through 5.1 innings before three relievers held the Blue Jays off the scoreboard.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 6/28/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Astros racked up eleven hits and two bases on balls with Marwin Gonzalez going deep while Alex Bregman went 2-5 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs followed by Evan Gattis who was 2-4 with three driven in and a run scored.

The Astros have named Lance McCullers Jr. as Thursday’s starter at Tampa Bay. McCullers comes in off of a 4-3 win (ND) versus Kansas City with three runs plated in six frames.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing their best baseball of the season with five straight victories following a 1-0 win versus visiting Washington on Wednesday. Tampa Bay starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed a hit and two walks over six frames to get the win after Sergio Romo squeezed out of a bases loaded 9th .

The Rays offense managed five hits and four bases on balls with Jake Bauers knocking in Kevin Kiermaier with the game’s only run in the first. Tampa Bay sends Ryne Stanek to the bump to oppose Houston in a reliever by committee type game. Stanek has made 19 appearances and has gone 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings.

Over is 8-1-2 in Houston last 11 on astroturf and over is 13-3-1 in Houston last 17 road games and Houston are 10-25 in their last 35 games on astroturf. Tampa Bay are 8-0 in their last 8 games on astroturf and Tampa Bay are 8-0 in their last 8 home games and under is 11-3 in Tampa Bay last 14 overall. Houston are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Houston is obviously the far better team but Tampa Bay has shown some spunk and I’d rather do something on the Rays or look somewhere else…

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