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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals Preview 05/02/2013

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Kauffman Stadium.

The Rays will trot Fausto Carmona out to the mound in this one. Righthander Carmona has a 1-4 record and a 5.28 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it'll be Ervin Santana who starts for the Royals. Righthander Santana is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Royals listed as 147-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
The Rays were a 9-8 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +102 on the moneyline, while the total score (17) was good news for OVER bettors.

CURRENT STREAK:
Tampa Bay has lost 2 straight games.
Kansas City has won 2 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Tampa Bay: 12-15 SU
Kansas City: 15-10 SU
TAMPA BAY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Colorado are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

KANSAS CITY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 5-5


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Tampa Bay's last 19 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 22 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay

NEXT UP:
Tampa Bay at Colorado, Friday, May 3
Kansas City home to Chi White Sox, Friday, May 3