Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Betting, Picks, Odds, Lines


Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
38-89 (20-45 V)
7:10 pm ET, Thursday, August 23, 2018
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays
66-61 (37-24 H)
FS Kansas City, FS Sun (Tampa Bay)
Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Betting, Picks, Odds, Lines

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds

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915 Kansas City Royals
+160
916 Tampa Bay Rays
-190
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Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Match Preview and Free Picks

The Tampa Bay Rays had been struggling against sub-.500 teams since mid-July, but they can finish off a four-game home sweep against the struggling Kansas City Royals with a fifth straight victory overall Thursday night. The Rays came into the series 8-13 in their last 21 games against teams with records under .500 before limiting Kansas City (38-89) to four runs in the first three games - most of them in a 6-3 victory Wednesday.

Tampa Bay (66-61) is five games over .500 for the first time this season and Mallex Smith has played a big role with multiple hits in six of his last seven games while Ji-Man Choi takes a nine-game hitting streak into the series finale. Tyler Glasnow will make his fifth start for the Rays since being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 31 and left-hander Danny Duffy is expected to come off the disabled list to get the call for Kansas City.

The Royals, who are 0-6 against Tampa Bay this year, have dropped five of their last six contests overall and nine of the past 10 on the road. Whit Merrifield homered Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and Hunter Dozier belted his sixth home run in the setback to celebrate his 27th birthday.


Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Starting Pitchers Report

Royals LH Danny Duffy (7-11, 4.90 ERA): Duffy (shoulder) will likely get his 26th start of the season after throwing a bullpen session on Monday and coming out of it without any soreness. The 29-year-old California native gave up six runs in each of his last two starts on Aug. 5 and 11 after he had won three of the previous four outings. Carlos Gomez is 3-for-7 with a double versus Duffy, who is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four career starts against Tampa Bay.

Rays RH Tyler Glasnow (1-3, 4.10): Glasnow allowed five runs - four in the first inning - on three hits and three walks across 6 2/3 frames to suffer the loss at Boston on Saturday in his last outing. The 24-year-old Californian permitted three runs on six hits over 12 innings with 20 strikeouts in his first three starts with the Rays. Glasnow, who made 34 relief appearances with the Pirates before the trade, has struck out 96 in 74 2/3 innings overall.




Kansas City Royals Betting Odds Trends

Kansas City is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Kansas City is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City's last 11 games on the road
Kansas City is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds Trends

Tampa Bay is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing Kansas City
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City


Next Up

Kansas City home to Cleveland Friday, August 24
Tampa Bay home to Boston Friday, August 24