Matt Andriese (4-0, 2.52 ERA) is on the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays (27-31) as they square off against Lance McCullers (3-1, 4.23 ERA) and the Houston Astros (29-33) in the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on RTSW and SUN.
Andriese pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (one unearned) and striking out five in a 7-4 win over the Twins. Steve Pearce (.321, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs) went 1 for 1 Wednesday with one RBI. McCullers went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking three in a 5-2 win over the Athletics in his most recent start. Jose Altuve (.337, 46 Rs, 10 HRs, 37 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Astros are a modest -115 favorite on the road for this matchup with a total of 7.5.
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Houston has won 40% (10-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 50% (12-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 9-15 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 18-5. The Astros have a 19-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 243 this season. Houston ranks 14th with 265 runs.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .747.
The Astros are 19-24 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 13-28 when they allow at least one homer.