Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/27/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/27/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The final installment to a three-game series will take action at the Tropicana Field on Thursday afternoon between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays.  Kansas City enjoyed a three-game winning streak before falling 2-1 to the Rays on Wednesday.  The Royals are in the middle of the pack in the AL Central Division at 23-24, 4 ½ games behind the division leader Chicago White Sox.

Offensively, Kansas City ranks 26th scoring 4.10 runs per game on 7.56 hits.  The Royals are striking out only 8.2 times per game which is top four in MLB.  LF Andrew Benintendi leads the Royals with a .283 batting average.  1st Baseman Carlos Santana leads the team with 10 home runs, a .385 on-base percentage, and 32 RBIs.  For Thursday’s finale, Kansas City will give the ball to Brady Singer.  The right-hand pitcher is 2-3 with a 4.00 ERA.  In his 45.0 innings of work this season, Singer has 43 hits, 20 earned runs, allowed three home runs, 17 walks, and 46 strikeouts.

  • Kansas City is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games against Tampa Bay.

  • Kansas City is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

  • The total went UNDER  in 5 of Kansas City’s last 5 games on the road.

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Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 5/27/2021

The Tampa Bay Rays managed to split this series against the Royals and look to build on this win after falling in the series opener 2-1.  The Rays are on top of the AL East at a 31-20 record.

The Rays are top six in scoring offense with 4.94 runs per game on 7.92 hits.  Third base Joey Wendle leads team Tampa with a .305 batting average.  Designated hitter Austin Meadows leads the team with 29 RBIs while Mike Zunino leads with a team-high 11 home runs.  For the final game of the series, Tampa Bay will send Shane McClanahan to the mound on Thursday.  The southpaw is 1-0 with an ERA of 4.03.  In his 22.1 innings of work this season, McClanahan has 21 hits, 10 earned runs, allowed three home runs, seven walks, and 26 strikeouts.

  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home.

  • Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Kansas City.

  • The total went UNDER  in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games against Kansas City.

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Tampa Bay Rays. This is going to be a close game as both teams are sending out evenly matched pitchers with a slight edge for McClanahan as he has been pitching well overall.  The Rays are expected to bat better as they have a much better lineup backed with a stronger offense record.  Taking the game is the Tampa Bay Rays.  Final Score Prediction is 7-3.

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Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/27/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 3:10 PM ET

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

TV: MLBN

MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -167

MLB Totals: 7.5

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