Royals vs. Rays - 5/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (22-27) at Kansas City Royals (28-22)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
D Smyly (2-6) (3.92) vs. D Gee (1-2) (3.86)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +113 / Tampa Bay Rays -123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals clash Tuesday night for game two of their series.
The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Rays have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.94 and have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 50 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 20 RBI and Steve Pearce has eight home runs. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he’s 2-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Royals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven straight games. The Kansas City Royals offense has clearly heated up, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 62 hits, Lorenzo Cain has 29 RBI and Salvador Perez has seven home runs. Dillon Gee takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. This will be Gee’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 9-2 in their last 11 Tuesday games and 10-4 in Smylys last 14 starts with 4 days of rest. The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 51-23 in their last 74 home games. The Rays are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Kansas City.
We're getting a red hot Royals team at home for plus money. Not to mention the Rays are slumping big time. Not sure what oddmakers are seeing, but I'll glaldy take the Royals at home for this price.