MLB Spread Report on Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays
Being behind in the Wild Card race can almost feel like drowning, especially if the teams who are afloat above you are not throwing you any sort of lifeline. That must be how the Tampa Bay Rays feel right now, as each loss puts them a little further under water. They will try to head towards the surface again when they welcome in the Kansas City Royals for a 3-game baseball betting series starting on Friday.
Taking a Look at the MLB Spread Report on Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays & Game Info
Date/Time: Friday, August 28th, 7:10 PM
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Sun Sports
Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM, WGES 680
Opening line: Kansas City -105, Tampa Bay -105
The Rays (62-64) have been struggling of late, and run this risk of coming into this series having been swept by the Minnesota Twins. This would be coming off the back of a less than spectacular 4-6 road trip, where the Rays bats once again struggled to come to life. Hitting and getting runs across the plate has been the Achilles hell for the Rays all season long. Even if they were to make up the 3-game deficit in the Wild Card, you really have to wonder how long they would last in the postseason with such an anemic offense. Tampa will go back on the road again after this series, and will need to improve on their .500 record away from home if they have any hope of playing into the middle of October. Erasmo Ramirez (10-4, 3.66 ERA) will start for the Rays, and will be looking to extend his unbeaten streak to 4 games.
The Kansas City Royals (77-49) are just about at that stage of the season where they can take their foot off the gas a little. Even with the Minnesota Twins on a 6-game winning streak, the Royals are doing more than enough to maintain their 12-game lead atop the AL Central. The Royals are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and have either won or split their last 6 series. They would need to go on a slide of epic proportions to give up the lead they have established right now. The big question is going to be whether or not they can go one step further than they did last season when they lost in the World Series. Looking at the rest of the teams in the AL, it’s tough to bet against them getting another crack at the crown. Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.40 ERA) will be on the mound for the Royals on Friday.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
- Tim Collins P 60-Day DL
- Brian Flynn P 15-Day DL
- Alex Gordon OF 15-Day DL
- Jason Vargas P 15-Day DL
TAMPA BAY RAYS
- Jeff Beliveau P 60-Day DL
- Curt Casali C 15-Day DL
- Alex Cobb P 60-Day DL
- Grayson Garvin P 60-Day DL
- Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day DL
- Jake McGee P 15-Day DL
- Burch Smith P 60-Day DL
- Steven Souza OF 15-Day DL
Another problem for the Rays this season has been their poor record at home. They look to be in tough against a Royals team that win regularly on the road, which is why I like KC to win.