Tampa Bay continues their hot start to the season with another matchup against the Houston Astros today. The two started their three game series yesterday with the Rays taking the game by a score of 8-3. It has been an incredible start for Tampa Bay and they are showcasing their skills at every level of the game. They are coming off a sweep of the Chicago White Sox in their previous series and will be looking to claim the series win tonight. As for the Astros, they are coming off a sweep of the Atlanta Braves themselves and they had won four straight prior to the game yesterday. This should be a heavyweight fight and a fun matchup.
Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2023
Time: 6:40 p.m. EST
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
Team Records: Houston Astros (12-11), Tampa Bay Rays (20-3)
Projected Starting Pitchers:
Luis Garcia (1-2, 5.14 ERA) vs Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.01 ERA)
What to Watch:
The key for the Astros here will be to slow down the Rays offense. Tampa Bay has been on fire to start the season and they can strike at any minute. If Houston can find ways to minimize the damage when the Rays do get on base then they’ll have a chance to take this game. Houston themselves has a good offense as well so they can try and match what Tampa Bay does.
The x-factor for Tampa Bay is Randy Arozarena. He has gotten off to an incredible start this season and it has helped fuel this run by the Rays. He is hitting .353 with five home runs and 24 runs batted in this season so far. If he can have another strong game, Tampa should be in good shape in this one.
Game Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays 4, Houston Astros 3
I like the Rays to take this game over the Astros and continue their dominance to open the season. They defend home field and get the win.
Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook
Spread – Houston Astros +1.5 (-135) / Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+115)
Moneyline – Houston Astros +160 / Tampa Bay Rays -190
Total – 7.5 – Over (-120) / Under (+100)
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