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Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Tropicana Field.

The Royals will trot Luis Mendoza out to the mound in this one. Righthander Mendoza has a 1-3 record and a 4.37 ERA this season.

Mendoza's opponent in this one will be Matt Moore. The Rays lefthander has a 3.78 ERA to go along with a 8-2 record this season.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 10-1 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +135 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Kansas City has won 2 straight games.
Tampa Bay has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Kansas City: 31-33 SU
Tampa Bay: 35-31 SU

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Kansas City is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Kansas City, Saturday, June 15