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MLB Division Series: Houston Astros (109-55) at Tampa Bay Rays (97-68) - Predictions & Odds

MLB Baseball Divisional Playoff - Prediction, Picks and Odds
MLB Predictions & Odds

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 4:15 PM EST
Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Tampa Bay Rays host the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Tip off time is scheduled for 4:15 PM Eastern Time. The Astros leads best of five series 2-1 and will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Rays.



Oddsmakers
currently have Houston Astros as a -240 money line favorites, with the total at 7½.

The Astros won the first two games of this best-of-five series at home, but The Rays avoided being swept with a 10-3 win in Monday's Game 3. Houston's Zack Greinke allowed six runs in three plus innings and took the loss. Now they face off against Justin Verlander who dominated them in Game 1.
Probable Starting Pitchers:

Astros RH Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00 ERA) Verlander won Game 1 against the Rays on Friday, 6-2 at home , shutting out the Rays on one hit over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three. Verlander has faced the Rays three times this season including the postseason, winning all three and is 10-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 20 career regular-season starts against the Rays. The Astros are 36-15 in Verlander's last 51 starts.

Rays RH Diego Castillo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Castillo will be making his first postseason start. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six career regular-season appearances, all in relief, against the Astros. The Rays are 13-4 in Castillo's last 17 starts.

The Astros are 62-21 at home and 47-35 on the road this season.
The Rays are 49-33 at home and 49-35 on the road this season.

Betting Trends:
Houston is 6-18 in the last 24 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Houston Astros:
Houston is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Houston is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against Tampa Bay.
Houston is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games on the road.
Houston is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road against Tampa Bay.
Houston is 6-1 in their last 7 Divisional Playoff games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games vs. the American League.

Tampa Bay Rays:
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
Tampa Bay is 10-1 SU in their last 11 games at home.
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home against Houston.
Tampa Bay is 2-6 in their last 8 Divisional Playoff home games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games against Houston.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games vs. the American League.

Weather: Game is played in a dome. (Tropicana Field is a domed stadium, retractable roof - St. Petersburg, Florida) 

Note: Tampa Bay is 7-4 in its postseason history when facing elimination.

Prediction: Tampa Bay is 2-6 in its last eight playoff home games. Take the Astros with Justin Verlander on the hill. Verlander is 11-2 on the road this season and 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts at Tampa Bay.

MLB Prediction: Astros 5, Rays 2

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