In a game that could be a shootout, Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.00 ERA) and the Houston Astros (29-34) are in Tampa Bay to square off against Chris Archer (4-7, 4.73 ERA) and the Rays (28-31). This is the second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 4-3, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 11 and can be seen on RTSW and SUN.
Archer pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out 12 and walking three in a 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Steve Pearce (.333, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Fiers went 5.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking one in a 6-5 defeat to the Rangers in his most recent start. Jose Altuve (.340, 46 Rs, 10 HRs, 37 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The Rays are a -130 favorite with a total of 7.5.
Pick - TB
The Astros lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rays are 5-8. The Astros are 9-13 in close games this season.
The Rays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 7-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Astros, as the Rays have won their last two games while the Astros have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 18-5. The Astros have a 19-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 247 this season. Houston ranks 13th with 268 runs.
Tampa Bay and Houston both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 12th with an OPS of .748, and Houston ranks 15th with an OPS of .728.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 19-24. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 14-28 record.