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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14

Kansas City Royals (45-42) at Tampa Bay Rays (41-50)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Jason Vargas (L) (8-3) (3.318) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (R) (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +105 / Kansas City Royals -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-KC, Sun Sports

The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays play game two on Tuesday night.

The Royals have won six of their last 10 games and are four games above a .500 record. The Royals offense has picked the up the pace lately, producing four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Royals have won six straight games when scoring at least four runs. Alex Gordon has four hits in his last two games and Omar Infante has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Pitching, the Royals have an ERA of 3.69. Jason Vargas gets the nod, and he’s 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 119.1 innings. Vargas is 4-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 10 career games against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14

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The Rays have won eight of their last 10 games and are 10 games below a .500 record. The Rays offense has produced four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. That’s a massive improvement from what the Rays have don earlier in the year. James Loney has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Ryan Hanigan has gotten on base at least once in six of his last 10 games. The Rays have an ERA of 3.84. Jeremy Hellickson will make his first start of the season after just getting off the DL. Hellickson is 1-2 with a 5.97 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.

The Royals are 4-1 in Vargas' last 5 road starts and 4-1 in Vargas' last 5 starts. The Rays are 3-8 in Hellicksons last 11 starts and 13-5 in Hellicksons last 18 home starts. The Royals are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Tampa Bay.

It's hard to trust a pitcher who is fresh off the DL and making his first start in forever. I'll take the Royals for the cheap price. 

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Kansas City Royals -115

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