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Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game 1 - 5/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals
Date & Time Wednesday May 1, 2019, 1:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line
Kansas City Royals +132 / Tampa Bay Rays -142 O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
SUN FSKC
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals will meet up on the MLB diamond for game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

On Monday in the opener of this series, the Rays banged out an 8-5 victory. Tuesday’s game was pushed back a day due to the bad weather.

For Wednesday’s game one, the Rays will be sending out Ryne Stanek in the start. In 10.2 innings without a decision this year, Stanek has a 1.20 ERA with 14 Ks.

Leading the way offensively for the Rays this year is Tommy Pham, with 30 hits, 14 runs, four homers and 12 RBI. Yandy Diaz isn’t too far behind that pace on 28 hits, 18 runs, seven homers and 18 RBI for Tampa so far.

Over on the Royals’ side, they’re going with Jakob Junis in the start during game one Wednesday. Junis has a 2-2 record this year with a 5.57 ERA and 32 Ks.

Topping off the Royals offense this year is Whit Merrifield on 34 hits, 22 runs, four homers and 11 RBI. Adalberto Mondesi is also playing well for KC this season with 33 hits, 16 runs, three homers and 24 RBI.

The Rays are 20-6 in their last 26 road games and 16-5 in their last 21 in game two of a series. Tampa is 11-4 in their last 15 Wednesday games and 47-20 in their last 67 overall.

Meanwhile, the Royals are 9-19 in the last 28 Wednesday games and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. KC is 14-37 in their last 51 versus the AL East and 4-10 in their last 14 home games.

Junis had an injury scare his last time up, but looks like he’s okay and is coming off four hits and one run over five innings versus Tampa.

Looking at Stanek’s recent numbers, he hasn’t allowed a run in 10.2 innings of work across seven starts this year and has been all kinds of solid. It also helps that Tampa’s offense has looked pretty darn good themselves. I’m starting to come around on the “opener” strategy, and I like the Rays to manage another win here.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -142

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