Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros - 10/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros (103-55) vs Tampa Bay Rays (86-72)

Game Info: Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Luis Garcia (14-8) (3.75) vs Corey Kluber (10-9) (4.36)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -174 / Tampa Bay Rays +146 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays do battle Sunday afternoon in a MLB contest at Minute Maid Park. The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last 8 games. The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after losing 5 of their last 7 games. 

 

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The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 9 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Rays have lost 13 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 153 hits and 89 RBI, while Yandy Diaz and Harold Ramirez have combined for 260 hits and 114 RBI. Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he is 10-9 with a 4.36 ERA and 135 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 6-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 85 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

 

The Houston Astros have scored 7 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 8 games. The Astros have lost 5 of their last 7 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 152 hits and 57 RBI, while Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker have combined for 277 hits and 196 RBI. Luis Garcia gets the ball, and he is 14-8 with a 3.81 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

 

The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 9-4 in their last 13 vs. American League West. The Astros are 21-5 in their last 26 Sunday games and 65-31 in their last 96 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rays last 5 Sunday games. The over is 5-0 in Astros last 5 overall. The Rays are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Houston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

 

The Houston Astros are going to get the benefit of the doubt at home, but Luis Garcia has had issues at home this season with his 4.69 ERA and .240 allowed batting average. Yes, Corey Kluber hasn't been great these last two months, and he has a 5.15 ERA on the road, but we're bot being asked to lay juice with him. Both offenses have been sleepwalking these last few days. I'll take a stab with the Rays and plus money.

 

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Rays +146

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