Astros vs Rays: Rays Look to Extend Historic Home Win Streak

Written by: Max Heering
Published April 25, 2023
4 min read
  • Rays set MLB record for consecutive home wins to start season with 14
  • Rays have best record in baseball entering Tuesday at 20-3
  • Astros just 12-11 to start World Series title defense

Astros vs Rays Odds

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Run Line

Total

Moneyline

Houston Astros

+1.5 (-150)

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Over 7.5 (-110)

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+140

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Tampa Bay Rays

-1.5 (+125)

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Under 7.5 (-110)

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-165

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Astros vs Rays Predictions

Astros vs Rays Predictions

In one of the top MLB games of the early portion of the season, the Houston Astros will take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Tampa got the better of Houston in the first game of this series on Monday, setting the tone while setting a MLB record in the process. On Tuesday, both teams will look to get into the win column as this possible American League Championship Series continues.

Houston Astros Predictions

The Houston Astros have been mediocre so far this season, going 12-11 so far and sitting behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings heading into Tuesday’s slate. They could not keep up with the Rays on Monday, giving up eight runs in a losing effort to the team with the best record in baseball. On Tuesday, the Astros hope for better from Luis Garcia to keep them from a second straight loss in this possible ALCS preview.

Garcia has struggled early in the season for the Astros, going 1-2 with an ERA of 5.14. However, Garcia did manage to put together his best pitching performance of the season so far in his last outing, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays for seven innings. He will need a similar performance against the Rays to keep Tampa from running away with a second straight game between these teams.

Also concerning for the Astros is the potential absence of Yordan Alvarez for the near future. The AL MVP candidate went back to Houston to get tests done on his sore neck, causing him to miss the beginning of this series. With Jose Altuve already missing time this season due to injury, the lack of Alvarez near the top of the lineup is a pressing concern for this team.

Tampa Bay Rays Predictions

The Tampa Bay Rays’ historic home winning streak continued on Monday, as they improved to 14-0 at home with a Monday win over the Astros. That broke the record for the longest home win streak to start a season in the history of baseball. They will look to extend that record-setting run in this game against the Astros, as they look to take advantage of their edge on the mound in this game.

Drew Rasmussen will take the hill for the Rays to start this game, who has pushed his way into the early AL Cy Young debate. He has a 3-1 record with a 2.01 ERA early in the year and has shut out his opponents in three of his first four starts of the year. While a shoutout performance may not be realistic against a lineup as dangerous as the Astros, Rasmussen is likely to at least keep those bats in check.

Offensively, the Rays have been the best team in baseball, and it has not been particularly close. The Rays have scored 157 runs coming into Tuesday’s action, over 10 runs more than any other team in the league. Against as struggling starter on the opposite side in this game, we should see the Rays deliver offensively again to set themselves apart in this matchup.

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How to Watch Astros vs Rays

  • What: Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays
  • When: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 6:40 PM ET
  • Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersberg, FL
  • How to Watch: MLB.tv
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