A heavyweight battle continues Wednesday night when the Houston Astros (13-11, 7-4 away) visit the Tampa Bay Rays (20-4, 14-1 home). This could be a potential American League Championship Series preview and both teams are playing well at the moment. Below is my MLB pick for the Astros vs Rays.
The Pick: Houston Astros +114 at BetUS
This game will be played at Tropicana Field at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
✅ Houston is hitting some form and have won five of their last six games played.
✅ On the road, the Astros have won four of their last five games away from Minute Maid Park.
✅ Against Houston, Tampa Bay has lost seven of their last nine meetings.
What a series this has been and the Houston Astros got in the win column with a 5-0 Tuesday win. The series got started Monday with an 8-3 Rays win on Monday, so the Wednesday game will be for the series win. In Tuesday’s win, Houston put up five runs in the top of the fifth inning and that was all of the scoring this game would see.
Hunter Brown will take the mound for the fifth time this season and he will look to build on his early season 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
Yordan Alvarez has been the main man at the plate as he leads the Astros with six home runs and 27 RBIs. Mauricio Dubon has a team high .329 batting average.
The Tampa Bay Rays Finally Lost at Home
For the first time this 2023 season, in their 15th game, the Tampa Bay Rays have lost a game at Tropicana Field. The Rays are off to a historic start and this April should have them already in the playoffs, which is a crazy thing to think about when there are still five months to go.
Calvin Faucher will grab the ball for the seventh time this season and he will look to improve on his 5.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Randy Arozarena may be the most confident man in baseball and he is off to a rapid start with a team high .348 batting average and 24 RBIs. Yandy Diaz has hit a team leading six home runs so far in 2023.