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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/9/14

Kansas City Royals (46-42) at Tampa Bay Rays (41-51)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Yordano Ventura (R) (6-7) (3.073) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (4-6) (4.284)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -132 / Kansas City Royals +122 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City, SunSports

The Kansas City Royals look to stay in the Central race with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Kansas City is looking for a return to the top of the American League Central and are looking good over the past few weeks with wins in seven of ten before a late rally fell short in a 4-3 defeat at Tropicana Field on Tuesday. Jason Vargas fell to 8-4 although he deserved a better fate with just a pair of runs scored over 5.2 innings before Francisley Bueno allowed two more in the 8th. The Royals racked up 13 hits and walked twice with Salvador Perez knocking all three runs. Rookie Yordano Ventura looks to continue his outstanding 2014 when he faces the Rays Wednesday. Ventura owns a 6-7 record with a solid 3.07 ERA over 16 outings.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/9/14

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After winning eight of nine the Rays have dropped back to back contests which is no big deal in the grand picture if Tampa Bay can avoid a losing streak which would be a nail in their coffin. Tampa continued to win Tuesday as they received a boost from Jeremy Hellickson who allowed a lone run over four frames in his first start off the disabled list. Jake McGee picked up his 6th save despite giving up a pair of 9th inning runs as the Rays are playing well before the All Star break. TB took full advantage of their opportunities at the plaate with Evan Longoria ripping a two run single that gave the team a lead they never gave up. Tampa Bay turns to Alex Cobb on the bump for his first appearance versus Kansas City in 2014. In an injury shortened season Cobb has gone 4-6 with a 4.28 ERA over 12 starts.

I think betting against Tampa Bay right now is dangerous. I give Ventura the edge on the mound and I'm picking KC but probably not betting them...

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Kansas City +123

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