Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays - 8/20/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (63-55) vs Kansas City Royals (49-72)

Game Info: Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 4:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Drew Rasmussen (7-4) (2.80) vs Kris Bubic (2-7) (5.11)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -220 / Kansas City Royals +180 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of their series at Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas City Royals are 49-72 this season and have lost four of their last five games. Kansas City won Game 2 of this series by a score of 3-2 on Friday night. The Kansas City pitching staff has a 4.66 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a .267 opponent batting average this season. The Royals offense has scored 463 runs with a .244 batting average and a .306 on base percentage. Bobby Witt is batting .249 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI’s for the Royals this season. The projected starter for Kansas City is Kris Bubic, who is 2-7 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP over 91.2 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 63-55 this season and have won five of their last seven games. Tampa Bay won Game 1 of this series by a score of 7-1 on Thursday night. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.39 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 487 runs with a .237 batting average and a .307 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .256 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Drew Rasmussen, who is 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 99.2 innings pitched this season.

Kansas City is 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games. The under is 4-1 in Kansas City’s last 5 game three’s of a series. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in their last 7 games and 39-18 in their last 57 Saturday games. The over is 9-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 11 Saturday games. Kansas City is 8-18 in these two teams last 26 head to head meetings.

Kansas City was able to steal an extra inning win on Friday night, but will have their hands full with Drew Rasmussen on the mound for the Rays on Saturday. Rasmussen has a 2.80 ERA and has allowed two runs over his last 17.1 innings pitched. For the Royals, Kris Bubic has had his struggles this season and has allowed seven earned runs over his last 17.1 innings pitched. I like the Rays to win this game by at least two as they get to Bubic early and often.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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