Tampa Bay Rays (16-22) vs Kansas City Royals (13-27)Date : 05/16/2018
Time : 8:15 PM ET
Location : Kauffman Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals
The Royals will open up Kauffman Stadium as they will play the Rays in a 3 game series. The Rays are 4th in the AL East division while the Royals are 4th in the AL Central division. It will be the first meeting between the two sides this season.
Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :
The Rays will have an opportunity to bounce back after the embarrassing loss giving up 17 runs against the O’s. With Snell giving up 6 hits in the 3 1/3 innings three of the hits were homers. The Rays are 8-12 on the road this season and have lost six of their last seven games giving them a record of 16-22. The Rays are 23rd in pitching this season with an ERA of 4.67. In the series loss against the O’s the Rays gave up 35 runs in the span of 4 games. The Rays will hopefully look pass this bad game and shift their focus on this series against the Royals.
C.J. Cron will have to play well for the Rays against the Royals on the road, he is the team leader in homers with 8 this season. When Cron plays well the Rays usually end up in the win column. It is his first year with the team and he is exceeding everyone’s expectation hitting .281/.331/.486 with eight home runs and 23 RBI across 142 at-bats. He will look past the last series lost and try to win one on the road.
Denard Span went 1-for-2 and stole two bases in his last outing the veteran is now the team leader in RBIs at 25 this season. His two steals give him five on the season on seven tries. Span is also on a 4 game hitting streak heading into this series. The Rays will need him to play well against the Royals. Span still has a lot left in his tank at the age of 34.
Pitching for the Rays will be Jake Faria. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in his last outing at Baltimore. He has lack consistency this season but he’s been a far better pitcher at home (1.74 ERA) than on the road (8.55 ERA). This will be his first appearance against the Royals.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Royals are returning home for a 6 game homestand, they are not doing so well this season with a record of 6-13 this season. The Royals are coming off a series loss against the Indians. They are looking to bounce back against the Rays. The Royals are the worst team in pitching with a team ERA of 5.55 this season. The Royals must improve their pitching as they gave up 26 runs in the series lost. The Royals must understand that when they are going up against the elites batters one bad pitch might cost them the entire game. The Royals starters must do a better job it was the third time in four days that the coach pulled his starters before the 5th inning.
Danny Duffy took the most beating as he was rocked for nine runs in 3 2/3 innings. Duffy gave up two homers, and he also walked five on top of allowing eight hits, his next start will be against the Yankees.
Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a double, he continues to impress since returning from injury. He now has recorded 17 RBIs in 20 games and seven multiple hit games. He is 6 for 18 with 3 RBIs in five games as a DH this year. He is hitting .278/.306/.519 on the year. The thing for Perez is that he is playing on a bad team and it does matter how well he is batting if his starting pitchers are giving up runs left and right.
Pitching for the Royals will be Jason Hammel. He allowed nine runs over 3 2/3 innings his last time out against Cleveland, four of which were scored in the first inning. He is still searching for his first win of the season.
How Tampa Bay Rays & Kansas City Royals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
Rays are 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Against The Spread Selection: Tampa Bay Rays
My reason for the pick :
This was a very hard pick to make because both teams are equally matched and are coming off huge deficit losses. The Rays will come out as winners on the road over the Royals because they will be playing with a larger chip on their shoulder after that 17 point loss. It will be Faria first appearance against the Royals despite his bad track record on the road, my prediction is he will do just fine for the Rays against the Royals.
Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:
- Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.