Dillon Gee (1-2, 3.86 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (28-22) go up against Drew Smyly (2-6, 3.92 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (22-27) in the second of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 6-2, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and will air on FSKC and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Gee pitched 4.0 innings, giving up six runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 7-5 loss to the Twins. Eric Hosmer (.323, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Rays were also unsuccessful the last time Smyly pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking one in a 9-1 loss to the Marlins. Steve Pearce (.303, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rays -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The only other game between the two teams went Kansas City's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Tampa Bay recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
The Royals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 6-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Rays, as the Royals have won their last four games while the Rays have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 22-8. The Rays have a 16-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Kansas City and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Kansas City sits at 24th with 200 runs this season and Tampa Bay ranks 23rd with 201.
Kansas City and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Kansas City sits at 29th with 115 this season and Tampa Bay ranks 21st with 147.
The Royals are 21-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 19-19 when they hit at least one homer.