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Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick 8/26/13

Tampa Bay Rays (73-54) at Kansas City Royals (65-63)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Jeremy Hellickson (R) (10-7) (5.007) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (12-10) (4.266)

The Line: Kansas City Royals / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: None Scheduled

The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays face off Monday afternoon for a one game makeup date game.

The Kansas City Royals looked like they were ready to get back into the post season race, but a recent losing streak just about silenced any hopes they may have had for this season. The Royals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 34-33 at home this season, and they are 11.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .258 with Eric Hosmer hitting .299, Billy Butler hitting .290, and Salvador Perez hitting .268.  The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.58 with the starters at 4.01 and the bullpen at 2.64. For Monday’s game against the Rays, the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who has lost his last three starts. For the season, Guthrie has allowed 182 hits and 79 earned runswhile striking out 90 over 166.2 innings for a 12-10 record and a 4.27 ERA.

Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick 8/26/13

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The Tampa bay Rays continue to stalk the Boston Red Sox in the AL East and the race is far from decided. The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 31-30 on the road this season, and are separated from the Red Sox by percentage points. As a team, the Rays are hitting .262 with James Loney hitting .303, Wil Myers hitting .302, and Evan Longoria hitting .276. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 3.61. For Monday’s game, the Rays start Jeremy Hellickson who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Hellickson has allowed 159 hits and 84 earned runs while striking out 115 over 151 innings for a 10-7 record and a 5.01 ERA.

Kansas City is 6-1 in their last seven games against the AL East, 2-7 in their last nine games, and 25-12 in Guthrie’s last 37 starts. Tampa Bay is 9-0 against the AL Central, 2-6 in their last eight road games, and 5-12 in Hellickson’s last 17 road starts. Tampa Bay is 0-5 in their last five games in Kansas City.

These are pitchers who can be hit and do get hit so look for this one to go over the total and that is my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will give out the winning team in the Premium Area

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