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(49-55) Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays (42-61)
Date: Monday August 1, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue:Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Royals LH Danny Duffy (6-1, 3.22 ERA) vs. Rays RH Chris Archer (5-14, 4.42)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Tampa Bay -1.5 +170
MLB Betting Total: 7
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There is a lot of questions for both teams heading into the series opener for the Royals and Rays.
With the deadline at 4:00 PM EST on Monday, prior to their matchup, it continues to be unclear if either of these teams will be missing some players at the time of first pitch.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals flirted with the edge of contention for almost the entire first half, but their struggles over the past few weeks may have put them as sellers prior to the 4:00 PM deadline on Monday.
The Royals managed just 9 runs in a 4 game sweep against the Rangers, putting them 6 games under the .500 mark and in 4th place in the AL Central.
The loss also put them at an MLB worst 17-36 on the road now following their debacle in Texas.
The Royals send out Danny Duffy, who has been probably their best pitcher in the rotation as of late.
Duffy has won 5 straight decisions in a 9 game stretch.
This season, Duffy has compiled 110 strikeouts while walking just 22 in 100.2 innings.
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay may be without a lot of pieces heading into this one.
The Rays have been at the center of almost every trade rumor, one of which includes Monday’s starter in Chris Archer.
Archer has struggled to get things going this season, but the supposed to be Rays ace has struggled on the season. Not all has been his fault, as the Rays offense has been one of the worst in the MLB.
Also at the center of the rumors has been utility man Steve Pearce. While he isn’t one of the bigger names, his .300 average still may have some value for Tampa to ship.
Should Archer get the go ahead, the RH will look to build off his solid start to the second half. Archer has allowed 7 runs in 20.1 innings of work while striking out 23.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Royals are 16-35 in their last 51 road games.
- Royals are 5-11 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series.
- Royals are 7-19 in their last 26 overall.
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Rays are 50-23 in their last 73 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record.
Free Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
The questions surrounding Chris Archer are a giant red flag here.
His mentality isn’t there and he’ll have a lot of distractions to deal with
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Given Duffy and his success, this is a nice spot for the Royals. With everything going on, the price is worth the play.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Kansas City 6- Tampa Bay 3
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