Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (49-55) at Tampa Bay Rays (42-61)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Y Ventura (6-9) (4.88) vs. M Andriese (6-2) (2.75)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -125 / Kansas City Royals +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
After almost being no hit last night at home and losing 3-0, the Tampa Bay Rays look to get one back as they match up against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
The Royals got an inspired effort out of Danny Duffy last night who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and surrendered just the one hit in a very solid outing for him but more importantly it gave the Royals a big victory that could propel them back into the AL Central race. The Royals have been up and down this season and are six games under the .500 mark heading into this game but they are by no means out of a wild card berth at this point as there is plenty of baseball left to be played and they are the reigning champions for a reason despite an overhaul from last year’s group. The Royals will send Yordano Ventura to the mound who is 6-9 with a 4.88 ERA and his counterpart is slated to be Matt Andriese who will get a spot start as it was supposed to be Matt Moore who was traded yesterday to the San Francisco Giants.
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The Rays were woeful with the sticks yesterday and if not for a Desmond Jennings liner into left field to lead off the eighth inning they would have been the answer to a trivia question as Duffy was dominant in his no hit bid. Tampa Bay made some moves yesterday as the trade deadline passed but their biggest was shipping out Matt Moore who has shown signs of brilliance in his career but has also been marred by injury and hasn’t really lived up to the hype thus far, but perhaps a change of scenery and a spot in a pennant race with San Fran could spark his best stuff.
The Royals are 16-35 in their last 51 road games, 0-5 in their last five Tuesday games, and 0-6 in Ventura’s last six starts while the Rays are 4-0 in their last four home games against a righty, 5-2 in Andriese’s last seven home starts, and 11-29 in their last 40 overall. The Royals have been slumping but perhaps got a shot in the arm yesterday, however Andriese has been solid when called upon and the Rays are playing the better baseball and I think they get one back after a sluggish outing yesterday.