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Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (66-67) at Kansas City Royals (64-66)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

A Cobb (9-8) (3.69) vs. Jake Junis (5-2) (5.15)

The Line: Kansas City Royals +103 / Tampa Bay Rays -113 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSKC

The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Rays have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 147 hits and 58 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 248 hits and 146 RBI. Alex Cobb gets the ball, and he is 9-8 with a 3.69 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Cobb is 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Royals. 

Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Royals have scored zero runs in their last four games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 14 of their last 15 games when scoring three or less runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 157 hits and 73 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Whit Merrifield have combined for 269 hits and 99 RBI. Jake Junis gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 4.68 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ second career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 9-1 in their last 10 Tuesday games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Royals are 2-7 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League East. The Rays are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Kansas City and the over is 21-9-2 in the last 32 meetings.

I'm not sure how anybody can back the Royals considering they haven't produced a single run in their last four games. Eventually that streak will come to an end, but I'm not putting my money on them just assuming it will be today. Cobb has allowed just one run in his last 10.1 innings and the Rays have won six of the last 10 games he's pitched. Until the Royals can prove they're ready to put some runs on the board, they're a fade for me.

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