Royals vs. Rays Prediction
The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays had a pitching battle on Monday that saw the Rays get a 1-0 win. Will Tampa follow that up with another victory tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7:10PM ET – Tropicana Field
TV: FSKC (KC); SUN (TB)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Rays are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -250 to win. The Royals are listed with a money line of +215 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 7 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 87 percent going on Tampa Bay at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
The Royals were shutout in Monday to open this series. They have lost three of their last four. Kansas City is now 38-87 overall and 20-43 on the road. KC is putting up 3.67 runs per game on offense while allowing 5.42 per contest.
Glenn Sparkman gets the start for Kansas City tonight. He is making just his second start of the year and 10th appearance overall. Sparkman has an 0-1 record with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts and eight walks over 20.0 innings.
Rays with another shutout
The Rays shutout their second straight opponent on Monday and their last four wins have seen them hold opponents to 1 run or less. Tampa is now 64-61 overall and 35-24 at home. The Rays are putting up 4.10 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.02 per contest.
Blake Snell takes the mound for the Rays tonight. He is making his 24th start of the season and has a 14-5 record with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Snell has 149 strikeouts and 50 walks over 133.0 innings on the mound.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are just 11-45 in their last 56 against winning teams and 3-7 in their last 10 Tuesday games.
The Rays have won six of Snell’s last eight starts and the Rays have won 23 of their last 31 home games.
The Rays could be capable of another shutout tonight with Snell on the mound. He could probably be getting more Cy Young talk if he was on a better team. He has allowed 1 earned run or less in seven of his last eight starts. KC is one of the worst hitting teams in baseball and I don’t see Sparkman having much chance to match Snell’s efforts tonight.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -250