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Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Predictions 04-23-2019 in MLB


Faced with the prospect of losing a fifth consecutive game, the Tampa Bay Rays found their groove at the plate in time to take their series opener with the Kansas City Royals. The Rays will try to win two in a row from the visiting Royals when the teams continue a three-game series Tuesday night.

Entering the series on a four-game skid, Tampa Bay fell behind 3-1 to Kansas City on Monday before posting five unanswered runs to claim a 6-3 victory, its ninth in a row versus the Royals. Mike Zunino returned from the paternity list to slug a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh - his first in a Rays' uniform - and Yandy Diaz added a solo blast in the eighth for Tampa Bay. Kansas City received early home runs from Alex Gordon, Jorge Soler and Hunter Dozier but still lost for the fourth time in a row. Dozier, who has four long balls in his last eight games, left Monday's contest due to back spasms.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, FS Sun (Tampa Bay)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Homer Bailey (2-1, 4.30 ERA) vs. Rays RH Ryne Stanek (0-0, 1.46)

After picking up one victory in 20 starts last year, Bailey has won back-to-back appearances with dominant outings against Cleveland at home and the New York Yankees on the road. He first held the Indians to two hits in seven scoreless innings on April 13 before limiting the Yankees to a run in six frames five days later. The 32-year-old, who has never faced the Rays, has 27 strikeouts and 18 hits allowed in 23 innings on the season.



Stanek will serve as the opener for the sixth time, having worked eight scoreless innings through his first five starts. He also has eight scoreless frames at home this year while yielding four hits and striking out eight. Jalen Beeks and Ryan Yarbrough are candidates to eat up some innings once Stanek's night is over (Stanek has yet to pitch more than two innings or throw more than 32 pitches).

WALK-OFFS

1. Gordon has homered in consecutive games and has eight RBIs over his last six contests.

2. Rays RHP Emilio Pagan picked up his first career save with a scoreless ninth in Monday's win.

3. Kansas City's last win over Tampa Bay came on Aug. 29, 2017.

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Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Capacity: 42,735

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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Tyler Glasnow

    Forearm
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Glasnow has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a right forearm strain. He is expected to return to the lineup in early July.

  • Michael Perez

    Oblique
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Perez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his right oblique. He will likely be out of game action until the beginning of June.

  • Matt Duffy

    Hamstring
    Mid June | 60-day IL

    Duffy has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to back and hamstring discomfort. He is likely to be shut down until sometime in June after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment.

  • Yandy Diaz

    Hand
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Diaz has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left hand contusion, but he is expected to be ready to return to the lineup during the beginning of June.

  • Joey Wendle

    Wrist
    Mid June | 10-day IL

    Wendle has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right wrist and is expected to be idle until at least the middle of June.

  • Mike Zunino

    Quadricep
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Zunino has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left quadriceps strain and is projected to be away from the field until at least the start of June.

  • Daniel Robertson

    Illness
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Robertson departed the previous game due to an allergic reaction, and it is uncertain if it will impede his availability against the Indians on Friday.

  • Anthony Bemboom

    Knee
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Bemboom sustained a left knee sprain and has landed on the 10-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

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Kansas City Royals

  • Brian Flynn

    Elbow
    Prob Sun | 10-day IL

    Flynn is dealing with left elbow soreness and has been activated from the 10-day injured list. He is expected to return to the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Yankees.

  • Lucas Duda

    Back
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Duda was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a lumbar strain. He is likely to be out of commission until the early part of June.

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tampa-bay-rays Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Anthony Bemboom 3 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 .400 .600 .400
Austin Meadows 34 30 126 19 43 8 1 10 27 83 5 31 2 .341 .659 .420
Wilmer Font 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Tommy Pham 49 49 190 22 55 6 2 8 25 89 6 41 3 .289 .468 .398
Brandon Lowe 46 41 171 28 48 10 1 11 30 93 3 68 0 .281 .544 .330
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Kolarek 25 0 51 10 2 17 2 1 8 0 0 0 7 255
Diego Castillo 24 0 79 33 0 17 3 2 8 0 0 3 10 410
Jose Alvarado 22 0 62 30 0 15 1 2 7 0 0 1 12 335
Ryne Stanek 22 14 85 31 0 21 3 1 10 0 0 2 9 430
Chaz Roe 21 0 45 18 0 13 1 1 4 0 0 2 15 290
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Michael Perez 15 13 0 10 3 0 0 0
Mike Zunino 26 23 0 9 6 1 0 2
Nick Ciuffo 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
Andrew Velazquez 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Anthony Bemboom 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

kansas-city-royals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Terrance Gore 20 7 30 6 10 1 1 0 1 13 5 11 4 .333 .433 .355
Hunter Dozier 48 48 172 26 54 11 3 11 32 104 1 38 1 .314 .605 .401
Whit Merrifield 52 51 215 40 63 14 6 7 27 110 8 35 5 .293 .512 .352
Brian Goodwin 49 41 154 29 45 9 1 6 18 74 2 41 1 .292 .481 .358
Adalberto Mondesi 51 51 208 30 60 12 7 5 41 101 18 59 3 .288 .486 .320
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jake Diekman 25 0 66 33 5 9 0 0 7 0 0 0 10 381
Wily Peralta 23 0 72 14 0 26 3 0 14 0 0 2 13 399
Ian Kennedy 20 0 65 25 0 27 2 0 10 0 0 1 4 372
Brad Boxberger 19 0 57 18 0 19 3 0 13 0 0 3 14 359
Scott Barlow 18 0 76 39 3 23 4 0 13 0 0 3 9 467
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Martin Maldonado 40 38 0 14 6 1 0 4
Cam Gallagher 17 14 0 6 1 0 0 0
Adalberto Mondesi 51 51 0 0 0 4 0 0
Alex Gordon 49 49 0 0 0 1 4 0
Billy Hamilton 43 40 0 0 0 0 2 0