Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/19/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-160) Kansas City (+148)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals (9-5, 1st in AL Central) will take on the Tampa Bay Rays (8-8, 2nd in AL East) on Monday. The odds on this contest have the Rays priced at -160 and the Royals are at +148. The O/U is set at 9. The men taking the mound are Josh Fleming and Danny Duffy.
As a squad, the Tampa Bay Rays are putting up 4.3 runs per game, which puts them at 18th in MLB. They have accumulated 64 runs while holding a team OBP of .307. The Rays have hit 29 doubles as a unit and have hit 16 balls out of the stadium. They have compiled 59 runs batted in as well as 113 hits so far this season, while their team batting average is .222. Tampa Bay is slugging .378 and have struck out 153 times, while drawing a walk on 54 occasions.
The Rays have compiled a team ERA of 4.56 on the campaign (22nd in baseball), and their staff has rung up 146 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 44 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 3.52 as a unit this year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.32 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.28. Rays pitchers have yielded 15 home runs and also 79 runs in total (28th in baseball).
Rays bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 17 times and also have had 27 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 10 holds so far this year (7th in MLB). The Rays bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 50.0% and has entered the game in 18 save situations. They have compiled 4 saves on the year and have blown 4 of their 8 chances to save the game. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 21 base runners this season and 28.6% of those runners ended up scoring. The Rays have dispatched 49 relief pitchers to the mound on the year.
Fleming (5-1 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 4.63 and he has faced 151 hitters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 32 base hits (7.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 9 free passes. His ERA is 2.65 (11 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.098. Fleming has thrown 37 frames and has accounted for 27 strikeouts so far in his MLB career.
Kansas City has recorded 12 HRs on the campaign to go along with 55 runs batted in. They have recorded 19 doubles, while getting a free base 38 times as well as scoring 60 runs. The Kansas City Royals have an on-base percentage of .308 in addition to a batting average of .243 so far this season. The Royals have a SLG% of .389 and they average 4.62 runs per game (10th in MLB). They have been rung up on 121 instances (24th in MLB) and have totaled 101 base knocks.
The Royals hold a team WHIP of 1.402 and have a FIP of 4.12 as a squad this season. They are currently ranked 14th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 110. The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 59 runs on the season while having an ERA of 4.34 (54 earned runs surrendered). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.34 (110 strikeouts vs 47 free passes). They have given up 13 HR's and they allow 4.74 runs per 9 innings (17th in baseball).
Kansas City has called on relievers to enter the contest in 7 save opportunities and they have walked away with 5 saves. They are currently ranked 11th in MLB with a save rate of 71.4%, and they have sent 49 relievers to the hill for the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 18 times in high leverage situations and on 18 occasions with runners on. Kansas City bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 16.7% out of their 30 inherited runners. With 16 save situations, the Royals have compiled 9 holds and also 2 blown saves.
Duffy (66-65 career win-loss record) has a 3.99 ERA and has allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.40 and he has gone up against 4,771 batters so far in his MLB career. He has given up a total of 498 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.320 and a FIP of 4.2. So far in his MLB career, Duffy has allowed 1,069 hits while he has earned 994 strikeouts in 1,123 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-160)
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