Houston Astros (15-12) at Tampa Bay Rays (13-15)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Cristian Javier (3-0) (0.87) vs. Rich Hill (1-1) (7.25)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +115 / Houston Astros -135 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action from Tropicana Field.
This will be they third and final matchup featuring these teams this weekend. Houston won big on Friday, then in the Saturday game the Astros kept it going with a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston notched a big victory in the Friday series opener, taking it 9-2 thanks to four RBI from Aledmys Diaz. In the Saturday game, the Astros scored three runs in the first inning and that was enough for a 3-1 victory. Starter Jose Urquidy went 7.0 innings with four hits and no earned.
For Sunday’s starting pitcher role, the Astros will send out Cristian Javier. Over his four appearances this year, Javier has 20.2 innings with 11 hits, two earned runs, six walks, 26 strikeouts and a 0.87 ERA overall.
Over on the Rays’ side, they got a rough start out of Ryan Yarbrough on Friday in the opener, with 6.0 innings, nine hits and five earned. On Saturday, Rays starter Josh Fleming gave up the three runs in the first inning but was otherwise clean with 6.0 innings, three hits, three earned, five walks and four Ks.
For the Sunday start, Tampa Bay is sending out Rich Hill. Over his five outings so far, Hill has 22.1 innings with 22 hits, 18 earned runs, five homers allowed, seven walks, 24 strikeouts and a 7.25 ERA.
The Astros are 5-1 in their last six overall and 5-1 in the last six as a favorite. Houston is 5-2 in their last seven after a win and 54-26 in their last 80 road games versus a lefty starter.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 40-14 in their last 54 home games versus a right-handed starter and 52-25 in their last 77 home games. Tampa is 2-5 in their last seven overall and 2-5 in their last seven versus a team with a winning record.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Houston here. The Astros should be in good shape with Javier on the mound. Over his last three games he’s notched 13.0 innings with zero earned, six walks and 24 strikeouts. With another good performance from Javier and a little help from the bats the Astros should be in solid shape for a potential win.