Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (22-26) at Kansas City Royals (27-22)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
M Andriese (3-0) (2.63) vs. I Kennedy (4-3) (3.38)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -114 / Tampa Bay Rays +104 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, FSSUN
Headed our way Monday evening from Kauffman Stadium, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals will be kicking off their series.
The Rays just finished up a series against the Yankees this weekend. The teams split the first two games, then in Sunday’s finale, New York beat Tampa 2-1.
As for the Royals, they played the White Sox this weekend. Kansas City won games one and two by a combined three runs, and on Sunday, the Royals bagged another stunning comeback with three runs in the eighth for a 5-4 victory and the sweep.
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Tampa Bay will be going with right-hander Matt Andriese for Monday’s game. In his four starts and 3-0 record this year, Andriese holds a 2.63 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP in 27.1 innings. In Wednesday’s loss to Miami, Andriese put up three earned in six innings with six strikeouts.
The Rays have a pretty capable and deep crew at the plate. Evan Longoria leads the pack on 49 hits with 26 runs and 25 RBI. Steven Souza has been right there as well on 42 hits with 21 runs and 19 RBI. Logan Forsythe was hitting well also, posting 33 hits with 16 runs in 2016. That said, Forsythe is currently laid up until mid-June.
The Royals will be countering with right-hander Ian Kennedy in Monday’s game. In his nine starts with a 4-3 record, Kennedy has logged a 3.38 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP in 53.1 innings of work. Last Monday in a no-decision against the Twins, Kennedy put up two runs in 3.1 innings.
The top end of the Royals order is chock full of production. Eric Hosmer has 60 hits with 27 runs, nine homers and 30 RBI. Hosmer bagged three hits on Sunday. Alcides Escobar has 57 hits with 20 runs and 14 RBI. Lorenzo Cain has 54 hits with 25 runs and 28 RBI. Cain smacked a homer in Sunday’s game.
The Rays are 7-15 in their last 22 game ones of a series, and 2-6 in their last eight Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 5-0 in their last five game ones of a series, and 1-5 in their last six Monday games.
I like the way Andriese is pitching right now, and I’m not sold on Kennedy. Give me the Rays in the opener.