Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8/20 Predictions and Previews

Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8/20 Predictions and Previews

Kansas City Royals (37-85) vs Tampa Bay Rays (62-60)

Date : 08/20/2018
Time : 7:10PM
Location : Tropicana Field

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays

The last place Kansas City Royals limp into Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game match-up Monday night at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay Rays rolled into Kansas City back in May and took care of the Royals handily by sweeping them in their first three-game series of the season. The Royals have been on a downhill slide ever since and currently sit in last place with the lowly Baltimore Orioles in all of MLB. The Tampa Bay Rays currently sit in the middle of the pack in the AL East behind a pair of baseball’s best. The Royals have something to prove in this series and would like to come out of here with a win.

Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :

The Kansas City Royals have gone a lousy 3-7 in their last ten and have only won four games in all of August thus far. To put it into perspective, the Boston Red Sox have only lost 2 games in all of August. That’s the difference between the best and the worst. It might be more entertaining to discuss Kansas City BBQ than to discuss the pitiful Royals. I would be willing to bet the Gates BBQ softball team has more wins in August than the Royals. Anyway, we all know the disappointing season the recent World Series champs are having and hopefully, they get back to contention soon.

Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :

The Tampa Bay Rays are in a tough division that isn’t going to allow them out of third place no matter what happens. They came in third last season and missed the playoffs and by the look of things, the same scenario is likely to play out this season. They finished just under .500 and have an opportunity to eclipse that this year and prove they are a much-improved ball club from a year ago. The Rays need some pitching help and were in high hopes that pitcher Vidal Nuno would be ready to go but struggled in his first rehab appearance in Charlotte on Friday.

How Kansas City Royals & Tampa Bay Rays Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Rays are 68-54 ATS overall

Rays are 38-20 ATS at home and 30-34 ATS away

Royals are 52-70 ATS overall

Royals are 22-40 ATS at home and 30-30 ATS away

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Rays and Royals should be a nice end of summer snack. One team is trying to prove that they deserve to be in the AL East and the other is trying to prove that they belong in the Major Leagues.  It doesn’t feel like another sweep is coming though. It’s difficult to take a team out in four games straight. Especially, when you are a middle of the road team with your head barely above water. Their goal is to finish above .500 and that is very achievable if they can play smart baseball and not allow the Royals to spoil their run.

Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:

  • Royals are 28-56 after a loss

  • Royals are 17-41 as away underdog

  • Royals are 17-57 in non-division games

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:

  • Rays 24-35 after a loss

  • Rays are 18-13 as home favorite

  • Rays are 25-33 in non-division games


A prolific television producer/writer and general sports enthusiast, Bryan has produced and written for several TV shows over the years. He attended the University of Missouri and has been involved in competitive sports his entire life.