Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 6/19/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. Justin Verlander
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Blake Snell for the Rays and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +242 and Houston at -265. The Rays have a 31-37-3 over/under record and a 40-31-0 run line mark. The Astros are 42-31-0 against the run line and have a 34-35-4 over/under record.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 31-37-3 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 40-31-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 34-35-4 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 42-31-0 against the run line
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
06/18/18 3B Christian Arroyo Oblique 10-day DL (06/17)
06/12/18 SS Daniel Robertson Hamstring 10-day DL (06/11)
06/04/18 P Chris Archer Groin 10-day DL (06/03)
05/23/18 P Jake Faria Side 60-day DL (05/23)
04/17/18 CF Kevin Kiermaier Thumb 60-day DL (04/16)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
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)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 33-38 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Blake Snell has a 8-4 record with an earned run average of 2.58 and a WHIP of 1.03 this season. He has 97 strikeouts over his 87.1 innings pitched and he's given up 61 hits. He's allowed 6.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.68 and they have given up 268 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the bullpen and they've struck out 291 hitters and walked 108 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 541 base hits and 273 earned runs. They have allowed 73 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 219 batters and struck out 592. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.88.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .253, good for 8th 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 10th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Mallex Smith is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .346. He has 61 hits this season in 215 at bats with 16 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .372 and an OPS+ of 104. C.J. Cron is hitting .240 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 63 hits and he has driven in 36 men in 262 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .450. The Rays have 609 hits, including 103 doubles and 65 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 218 times so far this season and they have struck out 614 times as a unit. They have left 489 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 3.94 runs per contest and have scored a total of 280 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 48-25 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.61, Justin Verlander has a 9-2 record and a 0.76 WHIP. He has 120 strikeouts over the 100.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 56 hits. He's allowing 5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.48. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.78 and they have given up 161 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 240 batters and walked 50 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.89. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 503 base knocks and 211 earned runs this season. They have given up 69 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 185 hitters and struck out 756 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.05 while their FIP as a staff is 3.13.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .440 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.2 hits per contest. George Springer comes into this matchup batting .282 with an OBP of .356. He has 80 hits this year along with 41 RBI in 284 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .486 with an OPS+ of 138. Jose Altuve is hitting .337 this season and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 99 hits in 294 at bats while driving in 37 runs. He has an OPS+ of 145 and a slugging percentage of .463. The Astros as a unit have 669 base hits, including 139 doubles and 92 homers. Houston has walked 250 times this year and they have struck out on 582 occasions. They have had 484 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They have scored 5.25 runs per game and totaled 383 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays +242
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