Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros - 9/30/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros (102-54) vs Tampa Bay Rays (85-70)

Game Info: Friday, September 30, 2022 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (16-5) (2.64) vs Drew Rasmussen (10-7) (2.85)

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros face off on Friday in an MLB game at MinuteMaid Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays come into this game with an 85-71 record overall but they have lost two games in a row. Over the last two games, the Rays have only scored two runs total. The Rays offense hasn’t been good enough this season, but their pitching has been a strength. The Rays are giving up 3.78 runs per game which is 7th in the league. Randy Arozarena has hit 20 home runs and driven in 88 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Astros and they sit with a 102-54 record. On Wednesday the Astros only scored two runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks and that led to the three run defeat. Houston’s offense is ranked 8th in the MLB, but even better is the pitching. The Astros are giving up only 3.23 runs per game. Kyle Tucker has hit 29 home runs and driven in 104 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Rays will be Drew Rasmussen who sits with a 10-7 record and an ERA of 2.85. In his last start he went 6.1 innings giving up three hits and one run. 

On the mound for the Astros will be Framber Valdez who sits with a 16-5 record overall and an ERA of 2.69. In his last start against the Orioles, he gave up 11 hits and seven runs. 

The Rays are 5-0 in Rasmussen’s last five starts on grass. The under is 5-0 in Rasmussen’s last five starts. The over is 4-0 in the Astros last four starts on grass. The over is 4-0 in the Astros last four games against a right-handed starter. 

Valdez is coming off a start where he gave up seven runs but I think he’s going to go back to his good pitching here. Rasmussen currently sits with an ERA of 2.85 and he’s going to lockdown the Astros bats here. This game is going to be very low scoring, and that will lead to this game staying under the total.

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