Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8/28/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Monday, August 28, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Austin Pruitt vs. Ian Kennedy
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Kauffman Stadium on Monday, August 28, 2017 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Austin Pruitt for the Rays and Ian Kennedy for the Royals.
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The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +118 and Kansas City at -128. The Rays have a 66-62-3 over/under record and a 64-67-0 run line mark. The Royals are 62-66-0 against the run line and have a 59-63-6 over/under record.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 66-62-3 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 64-67-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 59-63-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 62-66-0 against the run line
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
08/21/17 P Jacob Faria Abdominal 10-day DL (08/17)
06/26/17 P Diego Moreno Shoulder 60-day DL (05/22)
06/23/17 LF Colby Rasmus Hip 10-day DL (06/19)
06/13/17 P Matt Andriese Hip 60-day DL (06/11)
06/09/17 LF Rickie Weeks Jr. Shoulder 10-day DL (06/09)
06/01/17 P Kevin Gadea Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
06/01/17 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 60-day DL (04/02)
06/01/17 P Shawn Tolleson Elbow 60-day DL (04/01)
05/18/17 P Xavier Cedeno Forearm 60-day DL (04/18)
04/01/17 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 60-day DL (03/10)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/26/17 P Danny Duffy Elbow 10-day DL (08/26)
08/19/17 P Neftali Feliz Elbow 10-day DL (08/19)
08/18/17 P Joakim Soria Oblique 10-day DL (08/16)
08/10/17 P Trevor Cahill Shoulder 10-day DL (08/10)
06/26/17 P Nathan Karns Forearm 60-day DL (05/21)
06/02/17 RF Paulo Orlando Shin 60-day DL (06/01)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 64-67 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Austin Pruitt has a 6-4 record with an earned run average of 5.76 and a WHIP of 1.52. He has 49 strikeouts over his 65.2 innings pitched and he's given up 85 hits. He allows 11.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.48. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.04 and they have given up 373 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the bullpen and they've struck out 372 hitters and walked 161 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 1,078 base hits and 528 earned runs. They have allowed 158 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 416 batters and struck out 1,060. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 4.25.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .247, good for 24th in the league. The Rays hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Logan Morrison is hitting .242 with an on-base percentage of .349. He has 102 hits this season in 421 at bats with 68 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .499 and an OPS+ of 128. Corey Dickerson is hitting .291 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .338. He has totaled 145 hits and he has driven in 58 men in 498 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .514. The Rays have 1,095 hits, including 192 doubles and 182 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 453 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,257 times as a unit. They have left 919 men on base and have a team OPS of .744. They score 4.3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 563 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 64-64 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.09, Ian Kennedy has a 4-9 record and a 1.30 WHIP. He has 111 strikeouts over the 127.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 114 hits. He allows 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.36. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 419 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 396 batters and walked 180 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,148 base knocks and 557 earned runs this season. They have given up 149 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 403 hitters and struck out 981 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league. The Royals hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Lorenzo Cain comes into this matchup batting .288 with an OBP of .350. He has 137 hits this year along with 41 RBI in 476 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .431 with an OPS+ of 105. Eric Hosmer is hitting .320 this season and he has an OBP of .384. He has collected 156 hits in 488 at bats while driving in 73 runs. He has an OPS+ of 132 and a slugging percentage of .502. The Royals as a unit have 1,132 base hits, including 199 doubles and 157 homers. Kansas City has walked 314 times this year and they have struck out on 951 occasions. They have had 809 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They have scored 4.38 runs per game and totaled 560 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals -128
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