Rays vs. Royals - 8/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (77-49) at Tampa Bay Rays (62-64)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
E Volquez (11-7) (3.40) vs. E Ramirez (10-4) (3.59)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -105 / Kansas City Royals -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Kansas City Royals look to remain hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Royals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Royals have won eight of their last 10 when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 146 hits and 76 RBI while Kendrys Morales and Alcides Escobar have combined for 116 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight road games. Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he’s 11-7 with a 3.40 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Rays have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 126 hits and 57 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier have combined for 81 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last seven home games. Erasmo Ramirez takes the hill, and he’s 10-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. This is Ramirez’s second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 16-5 in Volquezs last 21 starts. The Rays are 4-13 in their last 17 vs. American League Central and 14-5 in Ramirezs last 19 starts. The Royals are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in Tampa Bay and 18-5 in the last 23 meetings overall.
I've said it before once or twice: It's hard to bet against the Royals when they're in this groove. This team is just clicking on all cylinders and have shown little sign of slowing down. Give me KC and the sall chalk.