Danny Duffy (0-0, 3.23 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (29-22) go up against Chris Archer (3-6, 4.62 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (22-28) in the last of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 10-5, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 1 and will air on FSKC and SUN.
In his last start, Duffy pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the White Sox. Eric Hosmer (.330, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Yankees 4-1 the last time Archer pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing four, striking out seven and walking three.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Royals -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
So far this season, the Royals are 2-0 against the Rays.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Tampa Bay has won 50% (10-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Kansas City has won 52% (11-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 10-4 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-20. The Royals have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 44 this season. Tampa Bay ranks third with 71 home runs.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.04 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.27.
Kansas City and Tampa Bay both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 15th with an OPS of .733, and Tampa Bay ranks 12th with an OPS of .736.
The Rays are 10-26 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 15-16 when they allow at least one homer.