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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 3/29/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Friday March 29, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line
Tampa Bay Rays +128 / Houston Astros -138 O/U: 7
TV Channel
ATSW, SUN
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The Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays will match up in MLB action in game two of their series Friday.

The Astros are rolling with RHP Gerrit Cole on Friday. Last season, Cole compiled 200.1 innings with a nice 2.88 ERA, a 15-5 record, 143 hits and 276 strikeouts in his first action with Houston.

Houston bagged a 5-1 victory in Game 1 on Thursday. George Springer led the way there on a three-run homer, while Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel each managed a pair of hits.

Over on the Tampa side, they’re going with Charlie Morton on Friday. Morton will be facing his former team here, and in 2018 he put up a 3.13 ERA with a 15-3 mark over 167.0 innings for the Astros.

The Rays couldn’t get much going on Thursday in their loss, with Austin Meadows’ homer accounting for the only run. Tommy Pham did come up with a pair of hits for Tampa however.

The Astros are 44-16 in their last 60 in game two of a series and 38-18 in their last 56 Friday games. Houston is 8-2 in Cole’s last 10 in game two of a series and 6-2 in his last eight Friday starts.

Meanwhile, the Rays are 10-2 in their last 12 in game two of a series and 4-9 in their last 13 Friday games. The over is 3-1-1 in Tampa’s last five in game two of a series and 5-2 in the flats seven Friday games.

Cole finished off the season strong with a nice six-game run until he hit Boston in his final start of the year on October 14 (6.0 innings; five runs; four earned). This will be something of a different animal than that 2018 Boston juggernaut, but the Tampa hitters can be sneaky good.

That said, Cole should be in control here and I don’t see him getting into trouble. I like Houston in this one, but it should be a tight, low-scoring game.

Pick:
Houston Astros -138

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