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Astros look to nail down division title against the Rays

by Mike Spector | Astros Correspondent |
Tue, Sep 28th 7:38am EDT

The Houston Astros trail the Tampa Bay Rays by five games for homefield advantage with six games to play. While Tampa Bay will be motivated to clinch homefield on Houston’s turf, the Astros could be the more motivated team that can finally clinch a division title with a win and a loss by the Mariners.

Betting Impact:

The Astros are -140 moneyline home favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tampa Bay’s Michael Wacha (3-5, 5.49) has won just one of his last 12 starts. He has pitched to a 4.50 ERA in four September starts and has struggled on the road all season, going 1-4 with a 6.56 ERA in 14 road appearances (12 starts). He is opposed by Jose Urquidy (8-3, 3.56), who is unbeaten in his last eight starts. Urquidy has only lost one decision in eight home starts this year, and he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his previous seven. Tampa Bay is riding a four-game winning streak while Houston enters this series opener having lost four consecutive games. However, Houston’s .550 winning percentage against teams over .500 is the best in the majors.

Game: TB at HOU Tue Sep 28th, 8:10pm ET | Categories: Line Movements, Trends