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Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview 07/14/2013

 
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The Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Tropicana Field.

Erik Bedard will be the starting pitcher for the Astros on this day. Lefthander Bedard is 3-5 this season with a 4.95 ERA.

Starting this game for the Rays will be Chris Archer. The righthander has a 3.59 ERA to go along with a 3-3 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 230-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
The Astros were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -260 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors.

TEAM RECORDS:
Houston: 33-60 SU
Tampa Bay: 54-41 SU
HOUSTON MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Seattle are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

TAMPA BAY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 8-2


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Tampa Bay is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

NEXT UP:
Houston home to Seattle, Friday, July 19
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Friday, July 19