MLB Baseball Betting: Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays

MLB Baseball Betting:  Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays

Interesting matchup on Tuesday’s American League card as the Kansas City Royals are heading in the wrong direction while the Tampa Bay Rays are finally starting to string some wins together. The Royals have been in the second tier of contenders in the AL Central for most of the season but have been in freefall over the past couple of weeks losing four straight and 8 of 10 (pending the outcome of Monday action). Their biggest issue all season long has been poor play on the road but their recent downturn has hit them just as hard at home. They’ve lost 10 of their last 12 with 7 of those losses coming at Kauffman Stadium. They were then swept in a four game series at Texas to drop their road record to a pitiful 17-36 -17.4 units.

Tampa bay has been the AL East doormat all season long but they’ve now won 7 of their last 11 games and four straight. They swept the Yankees over the weekend and likely put the final nail in the coffin as far as New York’s playoff hopes are concerned. Tampa Bay’s year to date profit/loss numbers are downright awful, however, with a 42-61 -25.4 unit record overall and a 22-30 -14.2 record at home. Their record against right handers is also pitiful–30-48 -23.5 units. They’ve also taken it on the chin from Kansas city in recent years losing 13 of the last 16 head to head including 4 of 6 in Tampa. The Royals also won the only three games played this season earning a sweep at home in early June.

The Royals will start right hander Yorando Ventura in Tuesday’s game and he’s having a miserable season. Overall, he’s got a 4.88 ERA with a 1.356 WHIP. The Royals have gone 9-11 in his 20 starts this season. On the road, they’ve gone 3-8 with Venture putting up a 5.02 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP. He’s pitched better in his last three games with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP but it hasn’t done his team any good–they lost his last three starts.

Tampa Bay was supposed to start Matt Moore in his game but he was traded to San Francisco at the deadline. So far, no pitcher has been designated to replace him. That being said, we’ll still go against the flatlining Royals. Tampa Bay is the ‘looser’ team while Kansas City is playing tight trying to get back into the divisional race.