Tampa Bay Rays (97-60) vs. Houston Astros (92-65)
September 29, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -132 / Tampa Bay Rays +100; Over/Under: +9
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The Rays look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Astros look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Rays have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 140 hits and 69 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle have combined for 246 hits and 142 RBI. Drew Rasmussen gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. This will be Rasmussen’s first career game against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Astros have won five straight games when scoring four or more runs. Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 164 hits and 79 RBI while Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have combined for 312 hits and 170 RBI. Luis Garcia gets the ball, and he is 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA and 161 strikeouts this season. This will be Garcia’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 37-17 in their last 54 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Astros are 13-6 in their last 19 Wednesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The under is 4-1 in Rays last 5 overall. The over is 7-3 in Astros last 10 home games. The Rays are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Houston.
Rasmussen has been impressive all season long and that includes just 15 hits and four runs allowed in his last 19 innings. With that said, Garcia hasn’t had a bad month this season and has a 2.19 ERA and .200 allowed batting average at home this season. The Astros are also one win away from winning the AL West, and this is a veteran team that knows how to take care of business when needed. Give me the Astros and the cheap price.