Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 9-30-22

Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 9/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 9/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Tampa Bay Rays (85-70) will be at Minute Maid Park to take on the Astros (102-54) in the series opener of the AL Inter-Division in Houston on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 8:10 PM ET.


Tampa Bay fell to 3rd place at 85-70 in the American League East Division with a .548 team percentage and 11 contests behind first place after scoring a total of 650 runs while allowing 588 for a +62 run difference this year.


The Rays come into this match-up facing the Astros on Friday following a series loss to the Guardians after losing the last two installments at 1-2 apiece.


Shortstop Wander Franco owned the solo-run score on a double with a walk for Tampa Bay while starter Jeffrey Springs gave away only three hits but struck out 5 Cleveland hitters in the losing effort.


Third Baseman Yandy Diaz led the Rays’ batting unit with a batting average of .292 and an on-base percentage of .398 this year.


Left fielder Randy Arozarena led Tampa Bay in home runs with 20, in runs batted in with 80, and in hits with 152 for the season.


The Tampa Bay management will give the ball to right-hander Drew Rasmussen (10-7, 2.85 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 122 Ks) to start a series facing the Houston Astros on Friday night.


Rasmussen relinquished 116 hits, 31 free bases, and 12 homers in pitching for 139.0 frames in the majors this season.


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Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros Predictions 9/30/2022


The Houston Astros topped all teams at 102-54 in the American League West Division with a team percentage of .654 after acquiring a total of 716 runs while conceding 504 for a run difference of +212 throughout the season.


The Astros split the quick two-game set facing the Arizona Diamondbacks after winning game 1 at 10-2 but lost the final match at 2-5 on Wednesday.


Left/Center Fielder Chas McCormick led the offense for Houston with a one-run score on a triple, a free walk, and two RBIs in the loss.


SP Justin Verlander gave up 6 hits, one earned run, and one walk but fanned out 8 Arizona hitters in finishing 7.0 frames in the contest.


Leading the batting unit of the Astros is Designated Hitter Yordan Alvarez with a batting average of .304, a team-high 37 dingers, and an on-base percentage of .407.


Right Fielder Kyle Tucker hit a team-leading 104 RBIs while Second Baseman José Altuve led in hits with 152 for Houston.


The Astros will counter with left-hander Framber Valdez (16-5, 2.69 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 182 Ks) to start the series opener on Friday night.


The southpaw thrower relinquished 155 hits, 63 free bases, and 11 homers in finishing 191 frames in his pro baseball career this season.          


Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros. The MLB Pick for this contest is Houston TBA. The Rays are on the hot seat seeking a wildcard slot while the Astros gained much confidence after clinching the AL West title this season.


Tampa Bay starter Drew Rasmussen has issues in controlling the ball against Houston batters after yielding four runs on six hits through six innings pitched leading to the Rays’ 0-4 loss to the Astros on September 19.


The prediction: Houston Astros will win 7-3.       


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Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 9/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET


Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX


Date: Friday, September 30, 2022          


TV: ATSW, SportsNet SW


MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -145              


MLB Totals: 9.5


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