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    The Tampa Bay Rays (60-35) are favored (-217) as they try to sweep a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals (26-67, +181). The series finale begins at 2:10 PM ET on Sunday. Zach Eflin gets the starting nod for Tampa Bay, and Jordan Lyles is Kansas City’s pick to start.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Rays vs. Royals

    • Game Day: Sunday, July 16, 2023
    • Game Time: 2:10 PM ET
    • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
    • Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
    Rays vs Royals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Rays -217 9.5

    How Do I Watch the Rays vs. the Royals?

    • TV Channel: BSKC

    Rays Stats & Trends

    Rays Batting

    • The Rays rank third in MLB play with 140 home runs. They average 1.5 per game.
    • Tampa Bay is seventh in MLB with a .259 batting average.
    • The Rays’ .331 on-base percentage ranks sixth-best in baseball.
    • Tampa Bay strikes out 8.6 times per game to rank 18th in MLB.
    • The Rays have hit 66 homers on the road this season (1.5 per game).
    • Tampa Bay has a .448 slugging percentage and is averaging 3.4 extra-base hits per game on the road.
    • Away from home this season the club averages 9.1 hits per game and is batting .261.

    Rays Key Batters

    • Wander Franco has an OPS of .800, fueled by an OBP of .342 and a team-best slugging percentage of .458 this season. He has a .278 batting average.
    • Among qualifying hitters, he ranks 32nd in batting average, his on-base percentage ranks 51st, and he is 54th in slugging.
    • Franco has recorded at least one hit in two games in a row. During his last five outings he is batting .167 with a double, a home run, four walks and an RBI.
    • Randy Arozarena is hitting .281 with nine doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 48 walks, while slugging .469 with an on-base percentage of .389.
    • His batting average is 30th among qualified players, his on-base percentage seventh, and his slugging percentage 48th.
    • Isaac Paredes has collected 69 base hits, an OBP of .366 and a slugging percentage of .496 this season.
    • Josh Lowe has been key for Tampa Bay with 72 hits, an OBP of .315 plus a slugging percentage of .487.

    Royals Stats & Trends

    Royals Batting

    • The Royals rank 29th in Major League Baseball with just 79 home runs as a team.
    • Kansas City has a team batting average of .232 this season, which ranks 25th among MLB teams.
    • The Royals have an on-base percentage of .294 this season, which ranks last in the league.
    • Kansas City ranks 25th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 9.1 Ks per contest.
    • They have averaged 0.9 home runs per game in their 46 home contests this season.
    • In 46 home games this season, it is slugging .380 with 124 hits going for extra bases.
    • In 46 home games this season, they have a batting average of .238 while averaging 7.9 base hits per contest.

    Royals Key Batters

    • Bobby Witt Jr. has totaled 95 hits with a .299 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage, all club-highs for the Royals. He’s batting .257.
    • Including all the qualifying hitters in the majors, his batting average ranks 80th, his on-base percentage is 132nd, and he is 60th in slugging.
    • Witt Jr. hopes to build on a six-game hitting streak in this matchup. During his last 10 outings he is batting .333 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, two walks and eight RBI.
    • Salvador Perez has 15 doubles, 15 home runs and 12 walks while batting .255. He’s slugging .442 with an on-base percentage of .297.
    • He is currently 84th in batting average, 134th in on-base percentage and 67th in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters.
    • Maikel Garcia is hitting .275 with 11 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 19 walks.
    • MJ Melendez has 17 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 35 walks while batting .207.

    Rays vs. Royals Probable Pitchers

    Zach Eflin (TB) Pitcher Jordan Lyles (KC)
    10 – 4 W/L 1 – 11
    102.1 IP 96.2
    3.25 ERA 6.33
    0.987 WHIP 1.283
    9.2 K/9 6.4
    1.3 BB/9 2.8

    Rays vs. Royals Injury Updates

    • Rays: Shane McClanahan: 15 Day IL (Back), Drew Rasmussen: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Jeffrey Springs: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Garrett Cleavinger: 60 Day IL (Knee), Josh Fleming: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Shane Baz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Royals: Edward Olivares: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Brad Keller: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Zack Greinke: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Josh Taylor: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Vinnie Pasquantino: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Josh Staumont: 60 Day IL (Neck), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Jake Brentz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Matt Beaty: 7 Day IL (Concussion)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Rays and Royals (Last 10 Games)

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