Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals - 4/21/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Kansas City Royals (9-7) vs Tampa Bay Rays (10-8)
Game Info: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Jakob Junis (1-0) (1.50) vs Michael Wacha (1-1) (4.50)
Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays will visit the Kansas City Royals in an AL showdown on Wednesday night. It will be the finale of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Tampa Bay broke out from the plate in their 14-7 win on Tuesday. They had 17 hits and were 5-16 with runners in scoring position. They hit for the cycle as a team and had 3 home runs. To start the season, the Rays have a .232 team batting average and .703 OPS. Joey Wendle leads th team with a .340 average, .960 OPS, 3 home runs and 11 RBI.
Starting for the Rays on Wednesday will be righty Michael Wacha. He is 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 20 strikeouts to start the season. In his career against this Royals lineup, he has allowed a .205 batting average with 20 strikeouts in 59 at bats.
The Royals could not buy an out on Tuesday. They used 8 different pitchers but had no answers for the Rays bats. From the dish they had 9 hits and were 3-9 with runners in scoring position. Carolos Santana homered for his 3rd of the season. To start the year, the Royals have a .240 batting average and .698 OPS. Salvador Perez leads the team with 5 home runs, 11 RBI and a .895 OPS.
Getting the start for the Royals on Wednesday will be righty Jakob Junis. To start the season, he is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 15 strikeouts. He has allowed a .359 average in 35 at bats against this Rays lineup in his career.
Tampa Bay is 6-4 in their last 10, 7-4 on the road this season, and 7-2 as the underdog.
Kansas City is 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7-5 at home this season, and 4-3 as the favorite.
The Rays have been on a nice run but will have a tough matchup in this one. Despite their success against Junis in previous matchups, he has been pitching lights out to start the season. The Royals bullpen has been pitching well, despite their implosion on Tuesday. Rays starter Michael Wacha has been solid but has not gone deep into games and is being supported by an underwhelming pen. I like the Royals to bounce back at home. Give me Kansas City to win.