Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 5.44 ERA) and the Houston Astros (30-34) are in Tampa Bay to meet Matt Moore (2-4, 5.56 ERA) and the Rays (28-32) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the last of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Astros won the last game 4-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and will air on RTSW and SUN.
In his last start, Moore pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 5-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. Steve Pearce (.345, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4. The Astros were also unsuccessful the last time Keuchel pitched. He did not do well, pitching 7.1 innings, giving up four runs and striking out eight in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Jose Altuve (.341, 46 Rs, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
The Astros are a -135 road favorite with a total of 8.
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In their last game, the Astros won by a margin of one run. The Rays are 5-9 in one-run games. The Astros have a 10-13 record in close games.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 4-13 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 5-24. The Astros have a 7-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Houston has hit 79 this season. Tampa Bay ranks third with 90 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 186 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at third with 248.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 24-23, well-matched with the Astros who are 26-23 when hitting one or more homers.