Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.38 ERA) and Matt Andriese (3-0, 2.63 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (27-22) and the Tampa Bay Rays (22-26) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 30 and can be seen on FSKC and SUN.
Kennedy pitched 3.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 10-4 win over the Twins. Eric Hosmer (.319, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Andriese went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Marlins in his last outing. Brandon Guyer (.311, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Kansas City and Tampa Bay are Royals -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
The Rays lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 9-5. The Rays are 4-8 in close games this season.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rays have a 4-6 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-18. The Royals have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 41 this season. Tampa Bay ranks second with 70 home runs.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.08.
Ranking 19th, Kansas City is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .738.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 10-24. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 14-16 record.