Astros vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/25/23

Tampa Bay Rays (20-3) vs Houston Astros (12-11)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Drew Rasmussen (3-1) (2.01) vs Luis Garcia (1-2) (5.14)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -147 / Houston Astros +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Houston Astros for game two of their three-game series this Tuesday from Tropicana Field. Tampa took the first matchup after pulling away in the third inning, 8-3.

Astros Betting Preview

Houston enters at 12-11 following the loss to Tampa. The Astros struggled down the stretch in game one, and they’ll look to here abruptly. The Houston offense is scoring 4.66 runs per game, while batting .254, with a .330 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.32 ERA, with a 1.23 WHIP. Yordan Alvarez sat out yesterday, but he produced two runs in all three wins over Atlanta, and he leads the Astros in RBI (27). Mauricio Dubon is first on the team in hits (26) and batting average (.325), after recording a hit in ten straight games. 

Luis Garcia (1-2, 5.14 ERA, 24 Ks) will start for Houston. The third-year pitcher put together his best outing of the season last week versus Toronto, striking out nine over seven shutout innings to earn his first winning decision of the season. Garcia struggled with containment in his first three starts, and he’ll face an uphill battle here with Toronto.

Rays Betting Preview

Tampa Bay comes in at 20-3 after sweeping Chicago. The Rays picked up their sixth straight win in style, and they’ll look to inch closer to a sweep of the defending World Series champions here. The Tampa offense is scoring 6.52 runs per game, while batting .286, with a .358 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 2.79 ERA, with a 1.08 WHIP. Harold Ramirez has recorded multiple hits in five of the last seven games, and he’s among AL leaders in hitting at .371. Randy Arozarena doubled and tripled in the win over Houston, and he leads the Rays in RBI (24). 

Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.01 ERA, 26 Ks) will get the ball for Tampa. The third-year pitcher bounced back in his last start, striking out seven while holding Cincinnati scoreless through five innings. Rasmussen won his lone start at Tropicana versus Oakland, tossing seven shutout innings, and fanning eight batters. 

Houston vs Tampa Trends

Houston is 13-10 against the spread this season, with a 15-7-1 over/under record. Tampa Bay is 17-6 ATS this year, with a 13-7-3 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

It’s going to be hard to look away from Tampa Bay’s value at home along with the rare case of Houston as a profitable underdog. Tampa hasn’t dropped a game at home all season, while the reigning WS champs just swept a talented Atlanta team on the road. The Rays have the advantage on the mound, and their home resume simply speaks for itself. While both squads should find themselves in the midst of the AL Pennant race, I like Tampa winning at home this Tuesday.. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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