Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (43-43) at Kansas City Royals (48-33)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C Archer (9-5) (2.26) vs. J Guthrie (6-5) (5.42)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +118 / Tampa Bay Rays -128 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium after playing a double header on Tuesday.
The Kansas City Royals got the best of the Rays on Tuesday sweeping the double header. With the wins it makes it three in a row for the Royals and their lead sits at 4.5 games over the Twins in the American League Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .268 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .305, Mike Moustakas hitting .301, and Eric Hosmer hitting .301. For Wednesday’s game the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who has allowed 107 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 47 over 89.2 innings for a 6-5 record and a 5.42 ERA.
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The Tampa Bay Rays are now have quickly slipped into fourth place in the AL East after being swept on Tuesday. The Rays are just 1-9 in their last 10 games and they are just 2.5 games back in the standings. As a team the Rays are hitting .241 with Grady Sizemore hitting .300, Logan Forsythe hitting .281, and Evan Longoria hitting .276. For Wednesday’s game the Rays look to Chris Archer who has allowed 82 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 141 over 115.2 innings for a 9-5 record and a 2.18 ERA.
Kansas City is 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games, 4-7 against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Guthrie’s last five starts as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last six games as a road favorite, 0-7 against the AL Central, and 8-3 in Archer’s last 11 starts. Tampa Bay is 1-10 in their last 11 games in Kansas City.
As bad as the Rays have been I look for Archer to get it together for them as they salvage a win against the Royals.