Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/8/14
Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) at Kansas City Royals (2-3)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Chris Archer (R) (1-0) (3.000) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -105 / Tampa Bay Rays -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, FSN-KC
The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals will meet for game 2 of a three-game series on Tuesday night. The Royals won game 1, beating the Rays, 4-2.
The Rays have lost two straight games after a hot start, and their offense has scored a combined two runs in those two losses. In game 1, the Rays only struck out three times as a team, but generated only six hits and didn’t score a run until the ninth inning. One thing that has been consistent for the Rays is their pitching, and Chris Archer will hope to continue that on Tuesday. Archer picked up the win in his first start against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. Archer is 0-1 in one career start against the Royals with a 6.35 ERA.
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The Royals have won three of their last four games and are getting quality pitching during this stretch. In the Royals first six games, they’ve allowed four or less runs in four games. That includes an incredible performance in game 1 by Jason Vargas, who allowed just one run and four hits in eight innings. Yordano Ventura will take the mound for the first time this season after starting just three games last year. Ventura is a young pitcher with an extremely bright future and struck out 11 batters in 15.1 innings pitched last season. This will be Ventura’s first time facing the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in Archer's last 5 starts as a favorite and 1-4 in Archer's last 5 road starts. The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home underdog and 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City.
I like the value we’re getting with the Royals in this matchup. Kansas City is at home, playing well and has had the Rays number the last few times they’ve played. Not to mention Ventura is a promising young pitcher who will be eager to prove himself Tuesday night.
Take a chance on the youngster and back the Royals at home.