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MLB BASEBALL

Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Tropicana Field.

The Royals will trot Ervin Santana out to the mound in this one. Righthander Santana has a 4-5 record and a 2.99 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it'll be Jeremy Hellickson who starts for the Rays. Righthander Hellickson is 4-2 with a 5.18 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Tigers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +109 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Red Sox on June 12. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at +130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Team records:
Kansas City: 30-33 SU
Tampa Bay: 35-30 SU

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 10 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 22 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Kansas City, Friday, June 14