Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Basebell Odds Pick

Posted by Mila Anderson on Thursday,July 9, 2015 3:27, EST in

No team wants to end the first half of the MLB betting season on a losing streak, as that means having a week where you are unable to do anything about it. The Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will start a 3-game series on Friday in Tampa, and will be hoping to get a few wins in order to bring a rather awful run of form to a close.

Tampa Bay vs Houston MLB Game Info:

Date/Time: Friday, July 10th, 7:10 PM
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Sun Sports
Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM
Opening Line: Tampa Bay -115

As June drew to a close, the Tampa Bay Rays (43-44) were sitting atop the AL Easy and feeling pretty good about themselves, but that has all been washed away in a terrible run of form that has seen them go 1-7 in the month of July. Add to that the fact that they also lost their last 3 games in June and you can see why they have dropped off so dramatically in the division race. During this run, they were swept in 4 by Cleveland, dropped 2 of 3 to the Yankees, and are now in danger of being swept in 4 by the Kansas City Royals. It’s a pretty awful end to a first half that was a whole lot better than most people expected. The Rays should have a full squad to choose from when the second half begins, but they will be looking to try and get back on track before the break. Erasmo Ramirez (7-3, 3.80 ERA) might be able to help the cause, as he has been fantastic over his last 7 starts, where he has surrendered just 5 earned runs in total.

The Houston Astros (49-38) have had a great first half, but are going out with a whimper instead of a bang. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games, and have seen their lead atop the AL West shrink to a game and a half, as the red hot LA Angels are now breathing down their necks. All of those losses have come on during a 10-game road trip, and they are going to have to finish away from home as they head to Tampa for the final series of the first half. The Astros now find themselves a game under .500 on the road, and will be looking to correct that, and their form, before they head into the break. Collin McHugh (9-4, 4.54 ERA) will start for Houston on Friday, and will be looking to bounce back from the poor performance he put in during his last start against the Red Sox.

MLB Injuries

HOUSTON ASTROS

  • Samuel Deduno P 15-Day DL
  • Scott Feldman P 15-Day DL
  • Jed Lowrie SS 60-Day DL
  • Brad Peacock P 60-Day DL
  • Chad Qualls P 15-Day DL
  • George Springer OF 15-Day DL

TAMPA BAY RAYS

  • Jeff Beliveau P 60-Day DL
  • Alex Cobb P 60-Day DL
  • Desmond Jennings OF 60-Day DL
  • Jake Odorizzi P 15-Day DL
  • Burch Smith P 60-Day DL
  • Drew Smyly P 60-Day DL
  • Steven Souza OF 15-Day DL

While neither of these teams are playing particularly good ball right now, you have to put the Astros slump in perspective. It’s on the road at the end of a long first half, and that should not tarnish their great effort so far. I like them to bounce back in a big way in this one.