Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday July 9th, 2015. At 2:10 PM EST.
The (43-43) Tampa Bay Rays of the American League East Division will stay in the “SHOW ME STATE”. For the final game of a three-day set. Tampa Bay takes on the (48-33) Kansas City Royals of the AL Central in 2015 Baseball action. The teams will play at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Tampa Bay Rays are playing well above expectations this season. Tampa must keep it going in the 2nd half of the season. Kansas City will contend for the American League title again this season. The opening betting line has Tampa Bay as a +120 Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven runs for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays plays the Royals in game two of the series on July 8th. Tampa Bay is fourth in the AL East, two and a half game out of first place. Tampa Bay is 23-18 on the road this season.
*Second Baseman Logan Forsythe leads the Tampa Bay offense with a .281 batting average and has .365 on base percentage.
*Third Baseman Evan Longoria has a team-high thirty-seven RBI’S with eighty-three hits.
*The Tampa Bay offense has a .379 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher, Chris Archer, leads the rotation with nine victories, a 2.18 ERA and has one hundred and forty-one strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher Brad Boxberger leads the staff with twenty saves.
*Tampa Bay pitchers have given up eighty-six homers.
*The Rays close out the first half of the season at home on Friday July 10th.
*Notable injury: Right Fielder Steven Souza Jr. is on the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury.
*The Rays are 1-8 their last nine as an underdog.
*Tampa Bay is 5-16 their last twenty-one between the teams.
*The Tampa Bay Rays are 1-9 their last ten MLB ATS Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total eight times, staying under the betting odds total once with a push.
*The Tampa Bay Rays will have the Right Handed Nathan Karns. Who is (4-4) with a 3.21 earned run average on the pitcher’s mound for the final game of the series? The Texas Tech University alumni went seven innings, giving up five hits and two runs his last start on July 4th, a 3-2 no-decision at he Yankees.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Tampa Bay Rays at 14/1 to win the 2015 MLB American League Title.
The 2015 Kansas City Royals are on a three-game win streak. The Royals are first in the Division, four games in front of second-place Minnesota. Kansas City is 26-15 at home this season.
*Five different players are leaders at the plate in the major categories.
*Kansas City has balance at the plate. There are some hitters that can do the job.
*The Royals have a .401 slugging percentage as a team.
*Starting Pitcher Edinson Volquez leads the rotation with eight win and seventy-eight strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher, Greg Holland has a staff high sixteen saves.
*Notable injury: Starting Pitcher Jason Vargas is on the 15-day disabled list with a hip flexor.
*The Royals end the first half of the season with a three-game homestand against Toronto on Friday July 10th.
*Kansas City is 13-3 their last sixteen baseball games as a favorite.
*The Royals are 8-3 their last eleven on Thursday’s.
The Kansas City Royals are 5-5 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total four with two pushes.
*Right Hander Yordano Ventura, who is (3-6) with a 4.68 ERA, will be on the hill. The 5’11” 180 pound Samana native went three innings, giving up four hits and two runs. His last start on June 12th, a 4-0 loss at St.Louis.
*The Kansas City Royals are 3/1 to win the 2015 MLB AL Pennant.
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