Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 24, 2024

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May 24, 2024 6:13 AM
Get ready for an exciting matchup at Tropicana Field on Friday, May 24, as the Tampa Bay Rays, sitting at 25-26 overall, look to capitalize on their 14-15 home record against the red-hot Kansas City Royals, who bring a stellar 32-19 overall record and 11-11 road record into the contest.
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Royals vs Rays starting pitchers

  • Shawn Armstrong for Tampa Bay Rays
  • Seth Lugo for Kansas City Royals

Royals vs Rays statistics

Stat Royals Rays
Hits 422 (9th) 407 (14th)
Batting Average .250 (9th) .239 (16th)
Runs Batted In 238 (4th) 187 (25th)
Runs 247 (4th) 205 (19th)
Home Runs 50 (17th) 42 (Tied-24th)
Walks 140 (25th) 158 (18th)
Stolen Bases 50 (6th) 55 (5th)
Strikeouts 352 (29th) 464 (7th)
Pitches 7126 (23rd) 7593 (7th)

Tampa Bay Rays recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/22/24 vs Boston Red Sox L 8-5
5/21/24 vs Boston Red Sox L 5-2
5/20/24 vs Boston Red Sox L 5-0
5/19/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays L 5-2
5/18/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays W 5-4

Kansas City Royals recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/22/24 vs Detroit Tigers W 8-3
5/21/24 vs Detroit Tigers W 10-3
5/20/24 vs Detroit Tigers W 8-3
5/19/24 vs Oakland Athletics W 8-4
5/18/24 vs Oakland Athletics W 5-3

Royals vs Rays predictions

As the Kansas City Royals take on the Tampa Bay Rays, I'm expecting big things from Salvador Perez behind the plate. He's been on a tear lately, and I think he'll continue his hot streak with at least two RBIs and a home run. Another player to keep an eye on is Bobby Witt, who's been making a strong case for Rookie of the Year. I predict he'll go 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Finally, I think Vinnie Pasquantino will get on base at least twice, setting the table for the Royals' potent offense.

On the other side, the Tampa Bay Rays will be relying on Isaac Paredes to spark their offense. I see him going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, providing a much-needed boost to the Rays' struggling lineup. Meanwhile, Randy Arozarena will use his speed to get on base twice and swipe a bag, creating chaos on the basepaths. And in a surprise move, I think Richie Palacios will come through with a clutch hit in a key situation, driving in a run and giving the Rays a much-needed insurance run.

In the end, I think the Royals' potent offense will prove too much for the Rays to handle. With Perez and Witt leading the charge, I predict the Royals will come out on top, 6-4. The Rays will hang tough, but ultimately, the Royals' depth and firepower will prove too much for them. It should be a fun one to watch, with plenty of excitement and drama throughout the nine innings.

Tampa Bay Rays injuries

  • Chris Devenski (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Josh Lowe (RF): Day-To-Day
  • Osleivis Basabe (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Logan Driscoll (C): Day-To-Day
  • Michael Gomez (RP): Day-To-Day

Kansas City Royals injuries

  • Carlos Hernandez (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Andrew Hoffmann (P): Day-To-Day
  • Josh Taylor (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Kris Bubic (SP): 60-Day-IL
  • Christian Chamberlain (RP): Out

Royals vs Rays game info

Venue Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
First pitch Fri 6:50 PM
Temperature 86°
Chance of Rain 0%

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