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#4921 Kansas City Royals vs.
#4922 Tampa Bay Rays
Friday, August 19, 2022 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Kansas City Royals (48-71, 55-64 RL, 60-58-1 O/U) take on the Tampa Bay Rays (62-54, 56-60 RL, 53-54-9 O/U) as the AL foes resume a four-game series on Friday evening. The Royals will have Brady Singer on the hill. The Rays counter with ace, Shane McClanahan targeting his 10th home victory of the season. The season series is even at 2-2.

Singer Registers Another Gem

Brady Singer will make his 20th start of the year. Singer was stellar in his latest effort, tossing six shutout innings against the Dodgers, and earned the win. The young right-hander has been one of the few bright spots on the mound, posting a 3.29 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP accompanied by a 6-4 record in 104 innings. Singer pitched against the Rays last month and conceded two runs (one earned) in six innings and has squandered eight runs (seven earned) in 8.2 career innings against the Rays.

The Royals continue a seven-game road trip. They were dealt an ugly three-game sweep by the Twins this week and have only won 19 road games all year. KC has now lost five out of their last six games due to a slumping offense.

Michael A. Taylor is a stellar 4 for 9 with a 1.2 OPS against the Rays' tough pitching this season. The 31-year-old center fielder is having a decent season, hitting .276 with 30 RBIs and a .698 OPS. Taylor is slumping, logging a poor .482 OPS on the month. 

The Royals are scoring an average of 3.89 runs per game, ranking them 24th overall. The pitching staff has logged a 4.67 team ERA, pegging them 27th in the big leagues. 

McClanahan Gets the Nod, Rays Beat Yankees

Shane McClanahan will get the nod on Friday. McClanahan rebounded from a few subpar outings by limiting the Orioles to only two runs in six innings last weekend and collected the win to bring his record to 11-5. The left-hander has not been quite as dominant recently but still features remarkable stats, recording a 2.28 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP in 134.1 innings pitched. McClanahan tossed five shutout innings in his lone career meeting against the Royals.

Tampa Bay is playing well. They have won two consecutive series including two wins in three meetings at Yankee Stadium this week propelled by marvelous pitching. They nearly completed the sweep but lost in Wednesday's finale. The Rays now hold the second wild card spot. They are 2-3 in their last five home games.

Yandy Diaz is a stellar 3 for 10 with four RBIs against the Royals pitching this season. The 31-year-old third baseman has 41 RBIs accompanied by a solid .771 OPS on the season. Diaz has cooled down recently, posting only eight RBIs and a weak .589 OPS on the month.

The Rays are posting 4.10 runs on the season, landing them 22nd overall. The pitching staff is carrying a 3.40 team ERA, good for fourth in the Major Leagues. 

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The Royals are struggling, losing six out of their last seven games after they were swept by the Twins prior to this series. They have plated a total of only four runs in their last five road games.  The Rays are flourishing, winning four out of their last five games highlighted by a series win in the Bronx.

Furthermore, Royals’ starter Brady Singer has not fared well in his limited action against the Rays, conceding eight runs in 8.2 innings. Rays’ ace Shane McClanahan is on the bump. The Cy Young candidate is as reliable as it gets, conceding two or fewer runs in all but four of his starts this season. He is sporting a 9-3 record at the Trop this year. 

Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays -1.5

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I expect runs to be at a premium in this bout. Royals’ starter Brady Singer is having a great season. He has posted a strong 2.37 ERA in his three starts this month, plus he held the Rays to two runs in six innings in the lone meeting.

In addition, McClanahan tossed five shutout innings in his only career start against the Royals. The Rays' pitching is in a groove, including the bullpen which now features a 3.41 ERA. They just limited the Yankees to nine runs in three games this week. The under is a convincing 4-1-2 in the Rays’ last seven games against a team with a losing record.

Prediction: Under 6.5
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