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2021 MLB Handicapping
(10-8) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals (9-7)
Date: Wednesday April 21st, 2020
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Michael Wacha vs Jakob Junis
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays +102 | Royals -104
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Royals -1.5 (+175)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8
The Tampa Bay Rays travel to Kaufmann Stadium Wednesday for a showdown against the Kansas City Royals.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays got off to a slow start to the season but have slowly creeped back above .500. The Rays are currently two games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
The Rays threw a gem of a game Monday and picked up a 4-1 victory over the Royals, and followed it up with a 14-7 win Tuesday. Josh Fleming threw 5 1/3 innings of one run baseball to go along with three strikeouts and zero walks. Kevin Kiermaier had two RBI’s and the Rays won their fourth consecutive game Sunday. They then had four different players with three hits or more in yesterday’s win, totaling 17 hits as a team.
Tampa Bay’s offense has been fairly consistent this year. The Rays have scored 72 runs on the year, good for 10th in the majors. They are only hitting .220 as a team and have hit 17 home runs. Leading the way has been Joey Wendle, as he is batting .340 with four homers and 11 RBI’s.
Michael Wacha gets the start for the Rays. So far this year he is 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA.
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City dropped the opener of the series 4-1. Danny Duffy pitched well and struck out eight while not allowing a run in six innings, but a pair of errors from Carlos Santana proved to be too costly.
Jakob Junis is on the mound for the Royals on Wednesday. He’s already appeared in four games this year and is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA with two starts. He’s struck out 12 batters in two starts and has allowed just two runs during that stretch as well. Junis has been a more powerful pitcher this year and is striking out almost double the batters he did a season ago. He is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his career against the Rays.
Leading the Royals offensively is outfielder Whit Merrifield who has been amazing at the plate so far this season as he has a .306 BA along with three home runs and 11 RBIs. He has been hitless in three of his last five contests after getting off to a fast start, however, and will need to regain his rhythm to lead the Royals offense to a win.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
I trust the Rays to continue their winning streak here. Even with Junis having a good track record against the Rays, Tampa Bay is hitting the ball better and the Royals have failed to put up three runs in four of its last five games. That doesn’t bode well against a Rays team that is consistently great pitching wise. Factor that with the Rays being a good team away from home, especially Wacha who has been better on the road during his career, and it makes for what should be another Rays victory.
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