Chris Young (7-4, 2.64 ERA) and Matt Moore (0-0, 7.71 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (46-33) and the Tampa Bay Rays (43-41) at Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and can be seen on SunSports and FSN-KC.
Young pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking one in a 2-0 defeat to the Twins. Moore is 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA against the Royals in his career. He is up against a quality Kansas City offense that's batting .268. Logan Forsythe (.281, 32 Rs, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 5 Sunday with one run and two RBIs.
Kansas City is a -122 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +1,101 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 26-17. The Royals have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 3.52. The Royals are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.9 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 22-22 record and an overall money line of +108. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-5 record, and a 2-8 record SU. The Rays are an excellent base stealing team with 60 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Tampa Bay's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.40 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Royals have a 33-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Moore takes the mound. Young (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 28-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay is 1-7-1 SU in its last 9 games,.
Tampa Bay 10-4-1 SU in its last 15 games on the road.
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games, on the road.
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games, when playing Kansas City.
Tampa Bay is 1-8-1 SU in its last 10 games, when playing on the road against Kansas City.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 4-1 record. The Rays are 2-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are heading in with a 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 30-11. The Royals have a 39-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 306 this season. Kansas City ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 331.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 172 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 225.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 30-14, well-matched with the Rays who are 30-19 when hitting one or more homers.