Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays - 9/21/22 MLB Picks and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (82-66) vs Houston Astros (98-51)
Game Info: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)
Corey Kluber (10-9) (4.44) vs Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1) (2.34)
Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays +108 / Houston Astros -125 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Astros will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of their series at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night.
The Houston Astros are 98-51 this season and have won nine of their last ten games. Houston has won the first two games of this series by scores of 4-0 and 5-0. The Houston pitching staff has a 2.90 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a .210 opponent batting average this season. The Astros offense has scored 682 runs with a .247 batting average and a .321 on base percentage. Yordan Alvarez is batting .304 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Lance McCullers Jr., who is 3-1 with a .234 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 34.2 innings pitched this season.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 82-66 this season and have lost three of their last five games. Prior to losing the first two games of this series, Tampa Bay won two out of the three games in their series against Texas. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.35 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a .231 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 619 runs with a .242 batting average and a .310 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .264 with 19 home runs and 79 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Corey Kluber, who is 10-9 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 148 innings pitched this season.
Houston is 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games and 6-0 in their last 6 road games. The under is 3-1-1 in Houston’s last 5 Wednesday games. Tampa Bay is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the AL West and 15-6 in their last 21 Wednesday games. The under is 3-0-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 4 Wednesday games. Houston is 9-3 in these two teams last 12 head to head meetings.
Houston has dominated the Rays in the first two games of this series and has pitched back-to-back shutouts. Tampa Bay is currently in the third wild card spot, but is a few games up on Baltimore and Chicago. Houston has the pitching advantage in this game, which is why I am taking the Astros here.