Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Tampa Bay Rays -- Over/Under:
The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays meet Tuesday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Royals have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have lost six straight games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 29 hits and 10 RBI while Alex Gordon and Hunter Dozier have combined for 49 hits and 33 RBI. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Bailey’s first career game against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Rays have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 12-3 this season when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 26 hits and 10 RBI while Austin Meadows and Avisail Garcia have combined for 48 hits and 29 RBI. Ryne Stanek gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Stanek is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 15-36 in their last 51 vs. American League East, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series. The Rays are 14-5 in their last 19 during game 2 of a series, 46-20 in their last 66 home games and 54-25 in their last 79 games on astroturf. The Royals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-8 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Rays last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Royals last 7 overall.
Bailey has been hit or miss in his first two starts, and he's coming off two really good starts, which includes allowing just one run in his last 13 innings. The Tampa Bay Rays will be taking a bullpen approach in this contest with Stanek getting the ball to start. Bailey is worth consideration based on his last two starts, but the Rays are too consistent to bet against, especially when going up against lesser competition. I have to side with the Rays given that the Royals just find ways to lose and have a pitching staff that always finds a way to produce a stinker.