The Tampa Bay Rays look to recover from a rare loss when they host the Houston Astros in the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday (6:40 p.m. ET) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 20 of their first 23 games this season, including all 14 at home, before being knocked out 5-0 by the Astros (13-11) on Tuesday. The home win streak at the start of the season was the longest in the major leagues since 1886, when the Detroit Wolverines won their first 18 home games. The Rays are -125 favorites (risk $125 to win $100) in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest MLB odds, while the Astros are +105 underdogs. The over/under for the total number of points scored is 8.5.
The game is one of eight on the MLB Wednesday night schedule. Elsewhere in the majors, the Los Angeles Dodgers (-140) aim for their fourth win in a row when they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants (-110) look to extend their winning streak to five games when they host of the St. Louis Cardinals. be sure to check out MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s time-tested computer model.
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For Wednesday, the model has made three confident MLB best bets for games starting at 6:35 p.m. ET or later. If you successfully parlay the picks, you would be looking at a payout of well over 6-1. You can see the model’s top MLB picks on SportsLine.
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After simulating every Wednesday game 10,000 times, the model chooses the Dodgers (-140) to beat the Pirates. Los Angeles was under .500 just a week ago with a 9-10 record, but has won four of its last five games to climb to the top of the NL West standings. The Dodgers opened this series with an impressive 8-7 win on Tuesday, as they trailed by five runs after four innings before Chris Taylor capped off the comeback with a three-run homer in the eighth.
Los Angeles, which leads the NL with 44 home runs, hosted the rally without three of its biggest offensive contributors as Max Muncy (paternity leave), Will Smith (concussion) and JD Martinez (back), though the latter could be back in the lineup Wednesday . Martinez’s bat would be a welcome addition as the Dodgers hope to score many points for Tony Gonsolin, who will make his season debut after suffering an ankle injury in spring training. The 28-year-old right-hander went 16-1 last year with a 2.14 ERA and 0.87 WHIP and gave up just one hit in five scoreless innings in his lone start against Pittsburgh. You can see who else should come back here.
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The model also closed two other best bets for Wednesday, including a strong play for the Cubs vs. Padres showdown. You can see the model’s best bets on SportsLine.
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