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Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

Tampa Bay RaysKansas City Royals
May 1, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Odds

12-14TEAM RECORD14-10

The visiting Rays hope for a solid performance on Wednesday as they look to steal a win at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals will rely on Luis Mendoza to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jeremy Hellickson will be his counterpart for the Rays. Luis Mendoza is 0-1 this season, and Jeremy Hellickson is 1-2.

View Tampa Bay vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rays were listed as 118 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 2-rated Royals and the league No. 6-ranked Rays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Rays rank No. 13 in the American League at 7.8 hits per game. That compares with Kansas City’s No. 6 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.5 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the American League at home, scoring 4.1 runs per game.

The Rays were an 8-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -133 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. The Rays endured an 8-2 loss at the hands of the Royals on Tuesday, with Alex Cobb throwing 5 2/3 innings of 10-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Rays at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Tampa Bay's last 18 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 21 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Kansas City's last 18 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, Thursday, May 2