Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 24, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Tampa Bay Rays / Kansas City Royals -- O/U:
The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Kansas City Royals will look to avoid a second straight series sweep and will be out to snap a 5-game losing skid after a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay in game two on Tuesday. Martin Maldonado has a solo homer and Ryan O’Hearn went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double. Adalberto Mondesi went 2 for 4 at the dish while Alex Gordon chipped in a base hit as well to cap off Kansas City’s offense in the losing effort. Homer Bailey took the loss, falling to 2-2 after allowing four runs on three hits while walking four over a single inning of work. Jakob Junis will start game three and is 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the set following their game two victory on Tuesday. Mike Zunino went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Brandon Lowe, Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle each had an RBI to round out Tampa Bay’s scoring in the win. Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a double to cap off the Rays’ offense in the victory. Jalen Beeks picked up the win after 4.2 innings of relief, striking out seven. Emilio Pagan struck out a pair in the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Blake Snell will start game three and is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Snell is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 5-16 in their last 21 games overall and 8-17 in Junis’ last 25 starts while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is 43-19 in their last 62 games overall and 47-20 in their last 67 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Kansas City is 1-10 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I really want to give Kansas City a look here, but the fact is that the Royals have been held to three runs or less in four of their five losses during this losing streak. Junis has also been hard to trust this year, giving up at least three runs in each of his five starts, and giving up 14 runs, 13 earned, in his last three starts covering 15.2 innings. Snell has allowed just one run in his last three starts covering 19 innings of work, and the Rays have simply been the better team up to this point in the year. It’s either Tampa Bay or pass for me in this game.