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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (38-85) at Tampa Bay Rays (62-61)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

B Smith (1-4) (6.54) vs. R Stanek (1-3) (2.74)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -180 / Kansas City Royals +165 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City

The Tampa Bay Rays host the Kansas City Royals in a Monday MLB matchup at Tropicana Field

The Kansas City Royals squandered an early 6-0 lead at the White Sox on the way to a 7-6 defeat. Kansas City starter Heath Fillmyer was charged with six runs over three frames before Brian Flynn allowed a run over three innings to get the loss.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Royals banged out nine hits and walked three times with Alex Gordon going solo while Ryan O’Hearn cracked a two run bomb followed by Whit Merrifield went 2-5 with a homer and three RBI’s.

Jorge Lopez gets his second start of 2018 at Tampa Bay on Monday. Lopez has made ten appearances this season but has totaled just 24.1 innings.

Few teams have been able to control the Red Sox offense but Tampa Bay dominated them 2-0 on Sunday. Four relievers gave up a pair of hits and two free passes with Jalen Beeks getting the win with four shutout innings.

The Rays offense did their damage on four hits and five bases on balls with Joey Wendle and CJ Cron blasting solo homers.

Ryne Stanek gets the start for Tampa Bay in one of their reliever by committee pitching contests. Kansas City are 17-48 in their last 65 overall and are 8-20 in their last 28 Monday games and are 18-39 in their last 57 road games. Under is 7-1 in Tampa Bay last 8 overall and Tampa Bay are 9-2 in their last 11 Monday games and Tampa Bay are 22-8 in their last 30 home games. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and Kansas City are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.

I always say Tampa Bay is difficult to cap when they throw four or five relievers but I think the edge is with the Rays even if Smith or Lopez pitches for the Royals…

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