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Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals
Date & Time Thursday May 2, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -172 / Kansas City Royals +150 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals meet Thursday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won their last four games when scoring more than two runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 32 hits and 12 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Yandy Diaz have combined for 57 hits and 35 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Morton is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Kansas City Royals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Royals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have won seven of their last 10 gams when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 37 hits and 12 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 67 hits and 44 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and one strikeout this season. Duffy is 2-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 16-6 in their last 22 games following a loss, 5-11 in their last 16 during game 4 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Royals are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 3-10 in Duffys last 13 home starts and 1-5 in Duffys last 6 starts. The Rays are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Kansas City and 11-3 in the last 14 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in Duffys last 6 starts overall. The over is 5-2 in Rays last 7 games following a loss.

Morton is just another one of those Rays pitchers who has been lights out this season, as he's allowed two or less runs in five of his six starts and is giving up a .184 batting average on the year. Duffy has just five innings under his belt this season and wasn't the most reliable pitcher in the world the last couple of years. You can also argue Morton has pitched his best on the road dating back to last season, and that includes this year in 15.2 innings where he's allowing a 1.72 ERA and .167 batting average. Give me the Rays and the reasonable price.

Tampa Bay Rays -172

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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