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Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview 07/12/2013

 
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The Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Tropicana Field.

The Astros will give the ball to starter Dallas Keuchel in this one. Lefthander Keuchel is 4-4 this season with a 4.41 ERA.

Keuchel's opponent in this one will be David Price. The Rays lefthander has a 4.18 ERA to go along with a 3-4 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 285-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game's total is sitting at 7½.
Houston lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Cardinals on July 10. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -246 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Twins on July 11. Bettors who backed the Rays at -218 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

CURRENT STREAK:
Houston has lost 3 straight games.
Tampa Bay has won 8 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Houston: 32-59 SU
Tampa Bay: 53-40 SU
HOUSTON MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

TAMPA BAY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 10-0
After a win are 9-1


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games

NEXT UP:
Tampa Bay home to Houston, Saturday, July 13