Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays 9-21-22

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays 9/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays 9/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Houston Astros will meet with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, FL on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:40 PM ET.


The Astros’ staff struck out 1,364 batters this season, and their team’s ERA is 2.94, which ranks second in the league. Their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.09 and a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.28.


Pitchers for the Astros gave up 122 home runs and 474 runs (2nd in baseball). Their pitching staff struck out 416 opposing players, and as a unit, they currently have a 3.32 FIP. 


McCullers (48-31 career win-loss record) has a 3.35 FIP and faced 2,966 major league hitters. He drew 293 walks and allowed 591 base hits (7.5 hits per nine innings). His WHIP is 1.253 and he has an earned run average of 3.51 (275 ER’s allowed).


Throughout his pitching career, McCullers threw 705 innings and recorded 787 strikeouts. 


  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Houston’s previous 7 matches. 
  • The Houston Astros are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 contests against the Rays.

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Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 9/21/2022


The Tampa Bay pitching staff’s ERA is 3.33 and they allowed 546 runs so far this season (481 earned runs given up). They surrendered 154 home runs and averaged 3.79 runs per nine innings (6th in the league).


This season, the Rays’ staff has a 3.63 FIP and a collective WHIP of 1.135. They obtained a 3.72 K/BB ratio (1,267 strikeouts vs 341 free passes). With 1,133 hits surrendered as a staff, they are currently ranked sixth in MLB. 


Kluber has a 3.31 earned run average and allowed 8.0 hits per nine innings in his career. His win-loss record is 113-70. He faced 6,362 batters in his career and has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.86. He has a WHIP of 1.108, a FIP of 3.1, and gave up 578 earned runs.


In 1,570 innings worked so far in his career, Kluber racked up 1,672 strikeouts against 1,397 hits surrendered. 


  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games. 
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 4-8 SU in their previous 12 matches. 
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of the Rays’ previous 5 meetings against Houston.

Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this game is the Houston Astros. Houston is the play here, even though going UNDER is a good option.


The last five away games were all victories for the Astros. Over his previous four starts, Houston’s starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. gave up just six runs on 16 hits in 23 2/3 innings, leading to three victories for Houston.


Corey Kluber, the starting pitcher for Tampa Bay, struggled in both of his last two outings, surrendering 10 runs on 17 hits over 6 13 innings, costing the Rays two games. The Houston Astros are expected to triumph 5-2.


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Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays 9/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:40 PM (EDT)


Location: Tropicana Field, FL 


Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022




MLB Odds: Houston Astros +130 


MLB Totals: 7.5


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