Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Monday April 29, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -120 / Kansas City Royals +111 -- Over/Under: 8.5
The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals meet Monday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Rays have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 14-4 this season when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 29 hits and 10 RBI while Yandy Diaz and Austin Meadows have combined for 52 hits and 35 RBI. Yonny Chirinos gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 3.55 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Chirinos is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Royals have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals are 3-18 this season when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 34 hits and 11 RBI while Alex Gordon and Adalberto Mondesi have combined for 62 hits and 43 RBI. Brad Keller gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Keller is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series, 20-7 in their last 27 road games and 46-20 in their last 66 overall. The Royals are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series, 7-21 in their last 28 Monday games and 6-1 in Keller's last 7 home starts. The Rays are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas City and 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. The over is 20-8-3 in Royals last 31 home games. The under is 4-1 in Rays last 5 Monday games.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been the most consistent team in baseball up to this point and the offense is starting to match the pitching, making this a balanced and dangerous baseball team. The Kansas City Royals are going nowhere fast with one of the worst pitching staffs in the league and an offense that gets very little easy. The Rays have also won 10 of the last 11 meetings against the Royals, including two of three games last week. I have to side with the Rays and the reasonable price.