Royals vs. Rays - 7/7/15 Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (43-41) at Kansas City Royals (46-33)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Matt Andriese vs. Edinson Volquez
The Line: Kansas City Royals -122 / Tampa Bay Rays +112 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, FSN-KC, MLB N
The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals play game two of a doubleheader Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Rays have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Rays have lost eight straight games when scoring three or less runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 81 hits and 35 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier have combined for 50 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last six road games. Matt Andriese gets the ball, and he’s 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Andriese’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Royals have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Royals have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Mike Moustakas leads Kansas City with 87 hits and 31 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales have combined for 93 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight home games. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 5-11 in their last 16 second games of a double-header. The Royals are 2-5 in their last 7 second games of a double-header and 9-2 in Volquezs last 11 starts. The Rays are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Kansas City and 3-10 in the last 13 meetings overall.
Both teams are struggling to put runs on the board and after playing an early game, I expect another low-scoring contest that features some back ups. Give me the under in the second game.