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Why the Diamondbacks can pay on the MLB linesThis is a make-or-break time for Arizona, with the team's hopes of winning the NL West shrinking along with its postseason chances overall. The Diamondbacks will send southpaw Robbie Ray (5-2, 4.18 ERA) to the hill in this critical series opener, and he has been much better on the road this season.The 26-year-old has gone 3-1 in 10 starts away from home with a 2.90 ERA, and opposing batters are hitting just .193 against him under that scenario. He has also pitched well for Arizona in September, allowing two runs and four hits with six walks and 16 strikeouts in 12.1 innings over two outings. Why the Astros can pay on the MLB linesHouston is peaking at the perfect time and finally healthy for a run at another World Series title. The Astros are coming off a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, winning each game by one run. In fact, their only loss this month was a 6-5 defeat versus the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.Their previous seven wins in September were all decided by two runs or more, which is good to know for runline bettors. Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.59 ERA) will toe the rubber for Houston in this spot, and he is 4-2 in 10 starts since the All-Star break with a 3.27 ERA.Smart betting pickThe Astros are 8-3 in their last 11 interleague games, according to the OddsShark MLB Database [url=http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-jenks-jersey]Bobby Jenks Jersey[/url] , but they did lose two of three to the Diamondbacks on the road prior to that. While Houston is the better team, look for Arizona to play with more desperation knowing a final push is needed to make the playoffs. 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Jose Ramirez had 39 home runs, 105 RBI and a .552 slugging percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor tallied 38 home runs and Edwin Encarnacion blasted 32 homers and knocked in a team-high 107 runs.Corey Kluber is once again the ace of the staff with a 20-7 record, 222 strikeouts, a 2.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He is joined by starters Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.Houston Astros astrosCount 鈥榚m! 鉁?6U3zAfpqlbThe Astros are led by Alex Bregman, who hit a team-high 31 home runs with 103 RBI and a .532 slugging percentage. George Springer added 22 home runs while Jose Altuve battled injuries but still hit .316 with 84 runs scored.Houston's pitching staff is led by Justin Verlander, and he is joined by Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. All four started 30 or more games for Astros manager A.J. Hinch.