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Tampa Bay looks to take the series against Houston after they shocked Justin Verlander and the Astros, 2-1 on Tuesday. That broke a 12-game winning streak for Houston. The Astros won the first game on Monday, 5-4.
The Rays have had a very tough stretch, going from four games in the Bronx (lost 3 of 4) to three in Houston. They’ll send right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who is 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA. The 28-year old is coming off Tommy John surgery and is making his fifth start. He’s 1-0 with a 2.52 ERA in four starts against Houston.
Houston will send Charlie Morton, who might be one of the worst starters on Houston and he’s still 8-1 with a 2.94 ERA. That shows you how good this staff is. He gave up three runs and four hits over six innings to beat Kansas City in his last turn.
In their last four meetings, these under has struck three times. The Rays really just don’t have enough hitters to threaten Morton. They are 13-3-1 Under their last 17 road games. Houston is 21-9-1 Under their last 31 home games vs. a right-handed starter.