Tampa Bay Rays (33-39) at Houston Astros (49-25)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 20, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -272 / Tampa Bay Rays +247 --- Over/Under: 8
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will be finishing up their MLB series on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park.
The Astros banged out a 5-4 win on Monday in the opener, then on Tuesday the Rays evened it up with their own narrow victory 2-1.
For Wednesday’s matchup, the Rays are going with RHP Nathan Eovaldi in the start. Across 23.1 innings and a 1-2 mark this year, Eovaldi has a 4.63 ERA with 16 Ks and three walks.
Matt Duffy leads the Rays’ offense this season, bringing 71 hits, 19 runs and 22 RBI into play in game two. On Tuesday, Duffy bagged two hits and a run.
Over on the Astros’ side, they’re sending out Charlie Morton on Wednesday. In his 82.2 innings and 8-1 record this season, Morton has a 2.94 ERA with 105 Ks and 33 BBs.
Houston’s lead hitter this year is Jose Altuve, with 102 hits, 47 runs and 37 RBI entering play Tuesday. In game two, Altuve came up empty in a pinch-hit role.
The Rays are 8-2 in the last 10 in game three of a series and 8-20 in their last 28 games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. The under is 6-1 in the Rays’ last seven Wednesday games and 25-10-2 in their last 37 in game three of a series.
As for the Astros, they’re 9-4 in Morton’s last 13 home starts and 0-4 in his last four starts with four days’ rest. Houston is 43-17 in their last 60 Wednesday games and 7-3 in their last 10 in game three of a series.
Since his last quality start May 30, Eovaldi has given up 12 earned over three starts in 17.1 innings. As for Morton, he had a rough outing against Boston earlier this month but since has given up four earned in 9.2 innings in two starts. Morton hasn’t been as solid as I’d like to see lately, but I think he and the Astros still have the distinctive advantage here.