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Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction 5-26-24 Picks

Kansas City Royals (34-19) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (25-28)
May 26, 2024 1:40 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -116 / Kansas City Royals -101; Over/Under: +8
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In this article, we will formulate a Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals prediction for this MLB Game on Sunday, May 26th at Tropicana Field. 

Royals Coming Off Extra Innings Win

The Royals coming into this game with a 34-19 record overall and they were able to pick up another win on Saturday. The Royals scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning and that was enough for the 7-4 victory. Nelson Velazquez hit a home run and drove in two RBIs. Brady Singer went five innings giving up four hits and one run. The Royals are averaging 4.94 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.39 runs per game. The offense is ranked 6th while the pitching is ranked 2nd. Maikel Garcia has hit five home runs and driven in 33 RBis. Getting the start for the Royals will be Michael Wacha who sits with a 4-4 record and an ERA of 4.45. In his last start against the Detroit Tigers, he went seven innings giving up six hits and two runs.

Why the Royals Will Win

  • The Royals have won each of their last eight games.
  • The Rays have lost each of their last six games.
  • The Royals have covered the run line each of their last eight games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Rays have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six games.
  • The Royals have led after 3 innings in each of their last three day games against American League opponents.
  • The Rays have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five Sunday games.

Rays Have Struggled To Start the Season

The Rays have struggled to start the season and they are coming off another loss in the last game. Jonathan Aranada did hit a home run and finished with two hits. Aaron Civale went five innings giving up four hits and two runs. The Rays are averaging 3.96 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.91 runs per game. The offense is ranked 24th in the league while the pitching is ranked 26th. In this game the Rays are going to need to get the offense out to a fast start. Getting the start for the Rays will be Taj Bradley who sits with a 1-2 record and an ERA of 4.00. In his last start against the Boston Red Sox, he went seven innings giving up six hits and five runs.

Why the Rays Will Win

  • The Rays have won each of their last eight day games at Tropicana Field following an extra innings loss.
  • The Royals have lost 17 of their last 19 games against AL East opponents following a road win.
  • The Rays have covered the run line in each of their last six day games at Tropicana Field after going to extra innings.
  • The Royals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last four day games after going to extra innings.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction

Bradley really struggled in his last start and I don’t have a ton of confidence in them to find success here. Bradley in his last start gave up five runs and he’s going to be hit hard again here. The Royals are averaging 4.94 runs per game and they are going to get out to a fast start here. The Rays offense hasn’t been good enough and they are going to really struggle to get going here. Back the Royals on the money line. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Royals -1.5

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Shane Mickle

Sports is about all Shane knows in this life! He has a passion for sports and writing, which makes working for Sportschatplace a perfect job for him! If you find him cheering for a team it's usually a Minnesota team, or the Kansas Jayhawks!

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