Nathan Karns (7-5, 3.69 ERA) and Danny Duffy (7-6, 4.13 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (63-65) and the Kansas City Royals (79-49) at Tropicana Field. The Royals won the last game 6-3 and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on SUN and FSKC.
Karns pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking four in an 11-7 defeat to the Twins. Logan Forsythe (.278, 55 Rs, 15 HRs, 53 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Duffy went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Lorenzo Cain (.312, 78 Rs, 12 HRs, 56 RBIs, 24 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Kansas City is a narrow -110 favorite over Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Rays have an overall money line of -510 and a record as the underdog of 33-36.
Over in the other dugout, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +2,669 and an impressive record of 46-24 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record, and a 7-3 record SU. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 83 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.55 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Royals are fifth in the AL with an average of 8.2 hits allowed per game.
The Royals lead the season series, 5-0. The Rays have a 22-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Duffy takes the mound. Karns (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a very good 55-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Under
Tampa Bay won its last game in a shutout, its 11th of the season. Kansas City has been shut out nine times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 12-40. The Rays have a 13-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 102 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 17th with 119 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.30 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.20.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .734.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 36-34. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 30-49 record.