Astros vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/24/23

Tampa Bay Rays (19-3) vs Houston Astros (12-10)

Game Info: Monday, April 24, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Taj Bradley (2-0) (2.61) vs Jose Urquidy (1-1) (3.66)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -160 / Houston Astros +130 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Astros Preview

The Houston Astros are 12-10 this season and they have won four games in a row. Houston is coming off of a series win against Atlanta, where they won all three games played. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.22 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a .234 opponent batting average this year. The Astros offense has scored 113 runs with a .255 batting average and a .333 on base percentage. Yordan Alvarez is batting .253 with six home runs and 27 RBI’s for the Astros. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Jose Urquidy, who is 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 19.2 innings pitched this season.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 19-3 this season and they have won five games in a row. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series win against the White Sox, where they won all three games in the series. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.71 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a .192 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 149 runs with a .282 batting average and a .355 on base percentage this season. Randy Arozarena is batting .341 with five home runs and 22 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Taj Bradley, who is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over 10.1 innings pitched this year. 

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Houston is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the AL East and 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games. The over is 5-2-1 in Houston’s last 8 games. Tampa Bay is 39-13 in their last 52 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 game one’s of a series. The under is 13-3-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 18 Monday games. Houston is 6-1 in these two teams last 7 head to head meetings. 


Tampa Bay continues to be the best team in the MLB and they haven’t shown any weaknesses so far this year. Houston’s record is decent, but they have played very well in recent games. The Rays are starting Taj Bradley, who has allowed three earned runs over 10.1 innings pitched this year. The Astros are starting Jose Urquidy, who pitched well in his first three starts of the year, but allowed four runs over 4.1 innings in his last start. I like the Rays to keep rolling at home. 

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