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Game No. 18 Preview: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays

The hottest team in the majors go for four in a row.

Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Houston Astros (12-5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9-9), April 22, 2017, 5:10 PM CDT

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) vs. LHP Blake Snell (0-2, 2.76 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)


The Astros have the most wins of any team in the majors and Houston hopes to keep the trend going with Charlie Morton on the mound. Morton =is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in one career start at Tropicana Field.

Morton has struggled against Corey Dickerson, he has batted .444 (4x9) with a home run. Logan Morrison also has had some success, he batted .500 (4x8).

Blake Snell counters Morton for the Rays. Snell has had early success allowing just five earned runs over 16 1/3 innings. Snell is 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA (4 ER in 3 IP) in one career start against the Astros.

Alex Bregman and Carlos Beltran have home runs in less than five at-bats against Snell.

Matchup to Watch

Carlos Beltran is batting .500 against Snell in four at-bats with two RBIs and a home run. Beltran has two home runs in this last two series, let's hope the trend continues.