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Why Should I Bet the Astros vs. Rays Game - May 2, 2021

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
May/02/2021

Houston turns to their hottest starting pitcher, Cristian Javier, in hopes of delivering the Astros a three-game sweep against Tampa Bay Sunday.

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Why Should I Bet the Astros-Rays Game Sunday?

In the last 13 meetings, there have only been three OVERs.  The two most recent OVERs featured a total of 11 runs.  The total for this game has been set at 8.

Javier enters Sunday's meeting on a 17-inning scoreless streak over three starts.

In the three home outings, he threw a pair of five-inning stints and followed that with seven more innings against Seattle on Tuesday - all resulting in wins for the Dominican pitcher.

In 20 2/3 innings pitched, Javier has yielded just two runs on 11 hits. He has struck out 26 and walked six while holding an impressive 0.82 WHIP.

Just activated from the COVID-19 injured list, Rich Hill (1-1, 7.25) will make his seventh start and 11th overall appearance in his career against the Astros.

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 40 1/3 innings -- allowing only 23 hits -- against Houston.

Concerns over something having to give with Javier and the question marks surrounding Hill coming into this game make the total play here a little less tempting.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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