Rays head into matchup against the Royals on losing streak

Sun, May 26, 2024
MLB News (AP)

Rays head into matchup against the Royals on losing streak

Kansas City Royals (34-19, second in the AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (25-28, fourth in the AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Michael Wacha (4-4, 4.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 47 strikeouts); Rays: Taj Bradley (1-2, 4.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Rays -122, Royals +102; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Kansas City Royals as losers of six straight games.

Tampa Bay has a 25-28 record overall and a 14-17 record in home games. The Rays have a 14-26 record in games when they have given up a home run.

Kansas City is 34-19 overall and 13-11 on the road. Royals hitters are batting a collective .253, which ranks third in the AL.

Sunday's game is the third time these teams match up this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Caballero has eight doubles, a triple and two home runs for the Rays. Josh Lowe is 8-for-37 with three doubles and two home runs over the last 10 games.

Salvador Perez leads the Royals with nine home runs while slugging .529. Maikel Garcia is 17-for-44 with three doubles, two triples, a home run and nine RBI over the past 10 games.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 4-6, .204 batting average, 4.85 ERA, outscored by 19 runs

Royals: 9-1, .300 batting average, 2.57 ERA, outscored opponents by 37 runs

INJURIES: Rays: Josh Lowe: 10-Day IL (side), Zach Eflin: 15-Day IL (back), Jacob Waguespack: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Colin Poche: 15-Day IL (back), Taylor Walls: 60-Day IL (hip), Jeffrey Springs: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Rasmussen: 60-Day IL (elbow), Shane McClanahan: 60-Day IL (forearm)

Royals: Kyle Isbel: day-to-day (face), Michael Massey: day-to-day (back), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (biceps), Kris Bubic: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kyle Wright: 60-Day IL (shoulder)


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