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Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

The Houston Astros will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in Major League Baseball action. The game is scheduled for a 8:10 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on the MLB Network as well as live in both markets. Currently the odds for the game have the Astros favored to pick up the win on the road.

Houston has been one of the great surprises in Major League Baseball this season. The perennial losers are the best team in the American League West, currently holding a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels while scoring a ton of runs. 

Tampa Bay is a .500 ballclub and they are 6.5 games back of the New York Yankees in the American League East, which ironically doesn't feel like an impossible number to overcome. 

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball for the Rays tonight. He's going to face off against Scott Feldman in this matchup tonight. Odorizzi is 6-6 with a 3.09 ERA this season, Feldman is 5-5 with a 4.17 ERA himself.

Feldman is 2-4 at home this season, his ERA of 5.56 in those eight starts has seen opponents hit .319 in 45 1/3 innings. Feldman's numbers are considerably better on the road this year, so if he is able to figure it out at home it can only make the Astros better.

Odorizzi has been OK on the road, but unlike Feldman he's been considerably better in his own park. On the road the youngster has gone 3-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts. He's thrown 59 innings of work while allowing opponents to hit .253 against him during that time. 

Current Astros are hitting .125 against Odorizzi, nobody has homered but a collective group all have one base hit against him. Current Rays are hitting .344 against Feldman, John Jaso, Evan Longoria, Daniel Nava and Grady Sizemore have all homered against him. 

Based on numbers alone, the Rays look like they can be in a nice spot here tonight. 

Free Pick: Rays

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