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Major League Baseball 2015 betting action sees the Houston Astros taking on the Tampa Bay Rays on July 10th in St. Petersburg. Cappers Picks provides free MLB handicapping tips all season long so keep checking back.

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Astros vs. Rays
HOU: RH Collin McHugh (9-4, 4.54 ERA) vs. TB: RH Erasmo Ramirez ( 9-3, 3.80 ERA)
Date/Time: 7:10 pm ET Friday, July 10, 2015
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL.
Broadcast: Local
MLB Betting Line: Tampa Bay -115
MLB Betting Total: 7
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The Tampa Bay Rays will aim to regain some momentum before the All Star Break when they host Houston on Friday for Game 1 of their three-game series in St. Petersburg.

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The Astros (49-39) have fallen from grace as of late, dropping five of their last six, including the final three of a four-game series versus the Indians. The reason — a complete lack of offense.

Houston has only been able to muster three runs during its last three contests, and are among baseball’s worst hitting teams.

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Tampa Bay’s (43-45) woes are even worse, as they have lost 11 of their last 12 contests, being swept by the Royals in four games in which they were outscored 33-16.

It’s been a free fall for the Rays who were leading the American League East before their current 3-15 slide.

Like the Astros, Tampa has had it offensive struggles, and owns the league’s second-worst batting average at .241. To make matters worse, the Rays pitching staff has fallen apart as well, as demonstrated in their series with Kansas City, were as a group they coughed up 52 hits to the Royals.

The Rays will try and stop that trend by sending Erasmo Ramirez to the hill on Friday.

The right-hander has put together a string of strong performances, allowing two or fewer runs in seven straight outings, including giving up one run in six innings last time out against the Yankees.

He is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three appearances against the Astros.

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Houston will counter with right-hander hander Collin McHugh who went 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against the Rays last year.

He did however, see his three-start winning streak come to an end in Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at Boston.

The 28-year-old gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings after posting a 2.45 ERA during his winning streak.

Matt’s Free 4* MLB Prediction

Rays – This is a hard one to call. But since both teams are struggling at the plate, I think the safe bet is to go with the UNDER here.

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