Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays 6/28/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Lance McCullers vs. Ryne Stanek
The Houston Astros visit Tropicana Field on Thursday, June 28, 2018 to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Lance McCullers for the Astros and Ryne Stanek for the Rays.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -182 and Tampa Bay at +172. The Astros have a 37-40-4 over/under record and a 45-36-0 run line mark. The Rays are 47-32-0 against the run line and have a 34-42-3 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 37-40-4 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 45-36-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 34-42-3 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 47-32-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
06/27/18 SS Carlos Correa Back missed last game, is probable Wednesday vs Toronto Blue Jays
06/11/18 P Joe Smith Elbow 10-day DL (06/07)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
06/26/18 P Jonny Venters Rest 10-day DL (06/25)
06/18/18 3B Christian Arroyo Oblique 10-day DL (06/17)
06/04/18 P Chris Archer Groin 10-day DL (06/03)
05/23/18 P Jake Faria Side 60-day DL (05/23)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 53-28 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Lance McCullers has a 8-3 record with an earned run average of 3.82 and a WHIP of 1.19 this season. He has 99 strikeouts over his 94.1 innings pitched and he's given up 76 hits. He's allowed 7.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.62. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.67 and they have given up 176 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 273 hitters and walked 57 batters. As a team, Houston allows 6.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.82. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 552 base hits and 229 earned runs. They have allowed 76 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 213 batters and struck out 853. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.05 and their FIP as a unit is 3.12.
As a team Houston is hitting .265, good for 2nd in the league. The Astros hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.1 hits per game. Jose Altuve is hitting .345 with an on-base percentage of .408. He has 110 hits this season in 319 at bats with 41 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .492 and an OPS+ of 157. George Springer is hitting .263 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 83 hits and he has driven in 42 men in 315 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .460. The Astros have 734 hits, including 156 doubles and 102 home runs. Houston has walked 290 times so far this season and they have struck out 634 times as a unit. They have left 550 men on base and have a team OPS of .776. They score 5.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 419 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 39-40 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.99, Ryne Stanek has a 1-1 record and a 0.93 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 22.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 10 hits. He's allowing 4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.56 and they have given up 299 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 321 batters and walked 122 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 591 base knocks and 291 earned runs this season. They have given up 79 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 250 hitters and struck out 658 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 3.86.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 9th in the league. The Rays hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. C.J. Cron comes into this matchup batting .235 with an OBP of .312. He has 67 hits this year along with 38 RBI in 285 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .442 with an OPS+ of 110. Mallex Smith is hitting .272 this season and he has an OBP of .336. He has collected 64 hits in 235 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .357. The Rays as a unit have 671 base hits, including 117 doubles and 73 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 251 times this year and they have struck out on 689 occasions. They have had 552 men left on base and have an OPS of .711. They have scored 3.95 runs per game and totaled 312 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros -182
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