Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/7/14
Kansas City Royals (45-41) at Tampa Bay Rays (40-50)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
James Shields (R) (8-4) (3.935) vs. Jake Odorizzi (R) (4-7) (4.178)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -112 / Kansas City Royals +102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, Sun Sports
The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays will begin a three-game series on Monday.
The Royals have won five of their last nine games and are three games above a .500 record. The Royals offense continues to show signs of life, scoring four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Royals have won 19 of their last 21 games when scoring more than three runs. Omar Infante has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Mike Moustakas has at least one RBI in four straight games. Starting is James Shields, who is 8-4 with a 3.93 ERA and has 92 strikeouts in 116.2 innings. This is Shields’ second career start against the Rays.
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The Rays are playing their best baseball of the season with eight wins in their last nine games. An improved offense has led the way during this stretch, as the Rays have scored four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Rays have won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. James Loney has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Matt Joyce has four homers in his last six games. The Rays have an ERA of 3.85, 15th in baseball. Jake Odorizzi takes the mound, and he’s 4-7 with a 4.18 ERA and has 101 strikeouts in 88.1 innings. Odorizzi is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in two career games against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-0 in Shields' last 4 starts as an underdog and 20-6 in Shields' last 26 road starts. The Rays are 5-11 in Odorizzis last 16 starts and 0-4 in Odorizzis last 4 starts vs. American League Central. The Royals are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Rays are playing like a team that wants to finish the first half of the season on a positive note. With them returning home, I'll take them to continue their hot streak for the cheap price.