Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays 9/19/22 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros
Date: 9/19/2022
Latest Odds: TB -112 ; Total 7

Tropicana Field will play host to a Monday night MLB matchup between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros (95-51) have won eight of their previous ten games and are on the verge of wrapping up the AL West Division title. On Sunday, C Martin Maldonado homered and scored four runs to lead Houston to an 11-2 home victory versus lowly Oakland. Keep up with all of your bets and win with our MLB picks.

Twenty-five year old righty Luis Garcia (12-8 4.04 ERA) will head to the hill for the Astros in this contest. Last time out, Garcia allowed three runs in five innings during a 12-4 home victory versus Los Angeles.

The Tampa Bay Rays have won 49 of their 74 home games and trail AL East Division leading New York by 5.5 games. On Sunday, C Christian Bethancourt and OF Jose Siri each went deep to power Tampa Bay to a 5-3 home victory versus Texas. SP Jeffrey Springs (9-4) allowed three runs (2 ER) in five plus innings to earn the win for the Rays, who improved to 82-64 on the year.

The Rays will give the nod to twenty-seven year old righty Drew Rasmussen (10-5 2.77 ERA) in the series opener. In his last start, Rasmussen gave up four runs in four innings during a 5-1 road loss against Toronto.

Betting Trends

  • Astros are 60-25 in their last 85 during game 1 of a series.
  • Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series.
  • Under is 13-5-2 in Astros last 20 overall.
  • Under is 6-1 in Rays last 7 home games.
  • Astros are 9-23 in the last 32 meetings in Tampa Bay.
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Tampa Bay 2B Brandon Lowe (back) is currently on the 10-day injured list and hopes to return before the end of the regular season. Through 147 games, Houston ranks 6th in OPS and 8th in runs scored. For the season, Tampa Bay ranks 23rd in OPS and 18th in runs scored. Take the Rays to win at home. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Rays win 4-3.

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