Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Picks, Predictions

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KANSAS CITY ROYALS TAMPA BAY RAYS
12-21, 5th in American League Central May 11, 1:10 PM | Turf of Tropicana Field 17-19, 4th in American League East
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 1:10 PM ET, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Kansas City, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Jason Vargas (4-1, 1.19 ERA) vs. Rays RH Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 2.88)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Kansas City Royals [J. Vargas -L] +1½ -210 +104 Ov 7½ +105
Tampa Bay Rays [J. Odorizzi -R] -1½ +180 -114 Un 7½ -125
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The fans at Tropicana Field will be treated to a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays when they take their seats on Thursday.

The Royals will give the ball to starter Jason Vargas in this one. Left hander Vargas is 4-1 this season with a 1.19 ERA.

Starting this game for the Rays will be Jake Odorizzi. The right hander has a 2.88 ERA to go along with a 2-1 record this season.

Vargas scattered four hits over six scoreless innings but was left with a no-decision Saturday in his team’s 3-1 setback to Cleveland. The 34-year-old has yielded six runs and seven walks in 37 2/3 innings this season to post an 0.98 WHIP while limiting the opposition to a .217 batting average. Vargas owns a 4-5 mark with a 3.11 ERA in 11 career appearances versus Tampa Bay, with his last win at Tropicana Field coming in August 2013.

Odorizzi has permitted just one earned run and struck out six in back-to-back solid outings since coming off the disabled list. The 27-year-old received a no-decision after a five-inning performance at Miami on May 1 before picking up the win five days later after yielding one run on three hits in seven frames of a 6-1 rout over Toronto. Odorizzi entered the majors with Kansas City in 2012 but has struggled in his career against the Royals, posting a 1-3 mark with a 5.40 ERA in five outings.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 114-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

The Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed their best offensive outburst of the season in their last outing, but they may find runs tough to come by on Thursday afternoon in the finale of the four-game series against the visiting Kansas City Royals. After allowing 12 runs and 16 hits in Wednesday’s lopsided setback, Kansas City will counter with a pitcher (veteran right-hander Jason Vargas) who boasts a majors-best 1.19 ERA and is coming off his third scoreless outing of the young season.

Tampa Bay’s Colby Rasmus capped his three-hit performance with a grand slam in a 12-1 rout on Wednesday, improving to 8-for-20 with three homers, eight RBIs and six runs scored during his five-game hitting streak. Kansas City native Logan Morrison has gone deep in back-to-back outings and upped his home run total to four in the past seven contests. While the Rays snapped a three-game skid in emphatic fashion, the Royals have dropped eight of their last 10 on the road to fall to 4-12 away from Kauffman Stadium. Lorenzo Cain has recorded multi-hit performances in four of his last eight games and will look to remain hot versus former Royal Jake Odorizzi, who is holding opponents to a .170 batting average this season.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 12-1 winner on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -170 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 12-1 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -170 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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Kansas City:
Team record: 12-21 SU
Kansas City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Kansas City is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
Kansas City is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 17-19 SU
Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Baltimore Friday, May 12
Tampa Bay at Boston Friday, May 12

MLB BASEBALL BETTING TIPS

1. Kansas City C Salvador Perez, who is riding a six-game hitting streak, is 7-for-10 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in the series.

2. Tampa Bay LF Corey Dickerson collected his third consecutive multi-hit performance on Wednesday to improve to 8-for-17 over his last four contests.

3. Royals LF Alex Gordon is mired in a 1-for-22 stretch with six strikeouts over his last seven games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Kansas City Royals will win outright at +104 and the game will stay under 7½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Royals 3, Rays 1 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
KC TEAM TB
2.94 RUNS 4.47
4.30 RUNS AGNST 4.14
-1.36 DIFF 0.33
-$894 MONEY -$309
4.08 TEAM ERA 3.63
7.15 OFF HITS 8.25
2.58 OFF WALKS 4.17
7.85 OFF Ks 10.19
8.30 DEF HITS 8.22
3.61 DEF WALKS 3.14
8.06 DEF Ks 7.22
INJURIES
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Wade Davis P 15-Day Disabled List
Luke Hochevar P 15-Day Disabled List
Tim Collins P 60-Day Disabled List
Kris Medlen P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Minor P 60-Day Disabled List
Mike Moustakas 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Jason Vargas P 60-Day Disabled List
TAMPA BAY RAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Kansas City is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kansas City’s last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Kansas City is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
TAMPA BAY RAYS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Tampa Bay’s last 13 games at home
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Tampa Bay is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 2.9 15 4.1 6
Kansas City’s Away Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Home Defense 3.1 15 4.1 9
Kansas City’s Road ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Home ERA Allowed 5.5 14 4.9 3
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 4.5 9 4.3 8
Tampa Bay’s Home Scoring vs Kansas City’s Road Defense 5.2 3 5.8 14
Tampa Bay’s Home ERA vs Kansas City’s Road ERA Allowed 3.7 8 2.5 15
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
ROYALS
Royals have the third-lowest base on balls in the league at 2.6 per game.
Royals strike out less than any team in the league with 6.5 per game.
Royals are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.7 runs per game.
RAYS
Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.
Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.

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