Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction MLB Picks 5/26/24

Tampa Bay Rays (25-28) vs Kansas City Royals (34-19)

Game Info: Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Taj Bradley (1-2) (4.00) vs Michael Wacha (4-4) (4.45)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -120 / Kansas City Royals -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays prediction for this MLB game on Sunday, May 26th at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. To formulate this prediction for game three in the series, we will examine:

  • The Royals recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Rays recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Kansas City
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Tampa Bay
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Kansas City and Tampa Bay
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Kansas City and Tampa Bay

Kansas City Goes for Nine Straight Wins

The Kansas City Royals are 34-19 this year and they have won eight games in a row. Kansas City has won the first two games in this series by scores of 8-1 and 7-4. Prior to this series, the Royals swept the Tigers, swept the Athletics, and lost two out of three against the Mariners. Kansas City has won 13 of their last 16 games and they are second in the AL Central behind the Guardians. 

The Kansas City pitching staff has a 3.31 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .233 opponent batting average. The Royals offense has scored 262 runs with a .253 batting average and a .315 on base percentage. Bobby Witt is batting .304 with eight home runs and 35 RBI’s for the Royals this season. Kansas City is fourth in the MLB in runs scored and they have scored at least seven runs in six straight games. 

Rays Looking for Answers 

The Tampa Bay Rays are 25-28 this season and they have lost six games in a row. Tampa Bay has dropped the first two games in this series and they have allowed 15 runs. Prior to this series, the Rays were swept by the Red Sox, won two out of three against Toronto, and won three out of four against Boston. Tampa Bay is currently fourth in the AL East behind the Yankees, Orioles, and Red Sox. 

The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 4.44 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a .245 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 210 runs with a .236 batting average and a .309 on base percentage. Isaac Paredes is batting .300 with nine home runs and 29 RBI’s for the Rays this season. Tampa Bay is 24th in team ERA this season and they have allowed at least five runs in six straight games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Kansas City is Michael Wacha, who is 4-4 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 56.2 innings pitched this season. Wacha has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three straight starts, but did allow 11 earned runs in the two starts before that. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Taj Bradley, who is 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over 18.0 innings pitched this season. Bradley allowed five earned runs and six hits in his last start, but did only allow three earned runs and eight hits in the previous 11 innings. 

Why the Kansas City Royals will win

The Royals have won each of their last eight games against American League opponents.The Rays have lost each of their last six games at Tropicana Field.The Royals have covered the run line in each of their last eight games.The Rays have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six games at Tropicana Field.

Total Runs Facts

Each of the Royals' last six games against American League opponents have gone OVER the total runs line.Each of the Rays' last four home games following an extra innings loss have gone UNDER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rays' last three day games.

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction 

Kansas City rolls into this game on an eight game winning streak and their offense has scored at least seven runs in six straight games. The Royals will start Michael Wacha, who has some poor numbers, but has looked much better in his last three starts. Tampa Bay is on a six game losing streak and they are starting Taj Bradley, who has been decent in limited action this year. I know Wacha has some poor season numbers, but I can’t go against the Royals with how their offense is hitting. My Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays prediction is for the Royals to win again. 

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

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