Rays vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, May 26, 2024

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The Tampa Bay Rays (25-28) stumble into Sunday’s matchup with the Kansas City Royals (34-19) looking to break a six-game losing streak. The contest starts at 1:40 PM ET on BSKC with the Rays listed as -125 favorites to right the ship.

Tampa Bay’s Taj Bradley gets the start, and he’ll go against Kansas City’s Michael Wacha.

Rays vs. Royals Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -125
  • Royals odds to win: +106
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 7.5 runs
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • Time: 1:40 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC
  • Who Will Win Rays vs. Royals?

    Rays and Royals Betting Trends

    The Rays have won 15 of the 33 games they were favored on the moneyline this season (45.5%).

    Tampa Bay has a 10-13 record (winning 43.5% of its games) when it has played as moneyline favorites of -125 or shorter.

    This season, the Royals have won 16 out of the 29 games, or 55.2%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

    Kansas City is 9-8 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +106 or more on the moneyline.

    The Rays have played in 53 games with over/under set, and have combined with opponents to go over the total 28 times (28-24-1).

    The Royals and their opponents have hit the over in 22 of their 53 games with a total this season.

    Rays Stats & Insights

    The Rays are the 22nd-highest scoring team in baseball averaging four runs per game (210 total).

    Tampa Bay averages 0.8 home runs per game to rank 23rd in baseball with 43 total home runs .

    The Rays have the 17th-ranked batting average in the league (.236).

    Tampa Bay strikes out nine times per game to rank 24th in MLB.

    The Rays pitching staff ranks 16th in MLB with a collective 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Tampa Bay has the 24th-ranked team ERA across all MLB pitching staffs (4.44).

    Royals Stats & Insights

    The Royals have scored 262 runs this season, which ranks fourth in MLB.

    Kansas City ranks 15th in Major League Baseball with 53 home runs.

    The Royals’ .253 batting average is among the best in baseball, ranking seventh in MLB.

    Kansas City has shown good bat-to-ball skills at the plate this season with the second-best strikeout rate (6.9 per game) among MLB offenses.

    The Royals average the 25th-most strikeouts per nine innings (8.1) in the majors this season.

    Kansas City has the fifth-best ERA (3.32) in the majors this season.

    Rays Key Players to Watch

    Bradley (1-2) takes the mound for the Rays in his fourth start of the season. He’s put together a 4.00 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched, with 23 strikeouts.

    Isaac Paredes leads Tampa Bay in batting average (.300), home runs (nine) and runs batted in (29) this season.

    Yandy Diaz has collected 52 hits this season and has an OBP of .317. He’s slugging .359 on the year.

    Jose Caballero has 41 hits this season and a slash line of .256/.314/.356.

    Amed Rosario is batting .285 with an OBP of .298 and a slugging percentage of .399 this season.

    Royals Key Players to Watch

    The Royals will hand the ball to Wacha (4-4) for his 11th start of the season.

    Bobby Witt Jr. has 15 doubles, six triples, eight home runs and 20 walks while batting .304.

    Maikel Garcia is batting .269 with 12 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 15 walks.

    Salvador Perez leads the Royals with nine home runs and 39 runs batted in, while racking up a team-best batting average of .326.

    Vinnie Pasquantino has 13 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 21 walks while hitting .229.

    Rays and Royals Injuries

    Rays: Josh Lowe: 10 Day IL (Side), Colin Poche: 15 Day IL (Back), Zach Eflin: 15 Day IL (Back), Taylor Walls: 60 Day IL (Hip), Drew Rasmussen: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Shane McClanahan: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Jacob Waguespack: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Jeffrey Springs: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

    Royals: Michael Massey: 10 Day IL (Back), Josh Taylor: 60 Day IL (Biceps), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Kyle Wright: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Kyle Isbel: day-to-day (Face)

    Rays vs. Royals Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Royals 4, Rays 3
  • Total Prediction: Over 7.5 runs
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