Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 8-18-22

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Kansas City Royals will open a series on the road with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, Petersburg, FL, on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 7:05 PM EDT.


The Royals will look to bounce back after being swept by the Minnesota Twins following a 4-0 loss in Thursday’s series finale.


Kansas City has struggled at the plate all season, averaging just 3.89 runs per contest and placing 24th in MLB in scoring offense. 


Salvador Perez is leading the team with 17 homers and 53 RBIs along with 16 doubles while Hunter Dozier leads with 21 doubles as well as 3 triples.


Bobby Witt Jr. is also recording 19 doubles on the year along with Witt Jr. with a team-high 5 triples, 15 homers, and 57 RBIs this season.


For the series opener, Brad Keller is expected to fill in the starter role for Kansas City and is 6-13 with an ERA of 4.93 ERA and 83 Ks this season.


  • The Royals are 7-13 SU in their last 20 matches against the Rays.
  • The Kansas City Royals are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games down the road.
  • Kansas City is 2-8 SU in their last 10 games down the road against Tampa Bay.

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Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 8/18/2022


The Tampa Bay Rays are entering this matchup looking to start the series strong after allowing the chance for a sweep to get away against New York with an 8-7 loss in extra innings last time out.


The Rays have won their last four games including 2 over the Yankees and improving to 62-53 and 9 games back of New York. 


Wander Franco has 59 hits along with 5 homers and 23 RBIs to lead Tampa Bay as well as a batting average of .260 and 12 doubles.


Randy Arozarena shares the lead with a team-high 108 hits and a team-high 16 homers and 25 doubles while Isaac Paredes is recording 14 homers and 34 RBIs. Ji-Man Choi also has 46 RBIs posted for the Rays up to this point. For Thursday’s opener, Tampa Bay has yet to announce a starting pitcher.


  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games against Kansas City.
  • The total went OVER in 8 of the Royals’ last 12 matchew games.
  • The Rays are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games home games against the Royals.

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are on fire as of late after sweeping the Yankees, coming out victorious in 5 straight games and are as close to the division lead as they’ve been in many months.


On the other hand, the New York Yankees appear to be wavering and Brad Keller’s been a no-hoper in recent starts. Prediction: The Tampa Bay Rays will secure the win to a score of 5-4.


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Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM (EDT)


Location:  Tropicana Field, Petersburg, FL


Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 




MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays


MLB Totals: OFF


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