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2018-05-16
Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals
League : MLB

Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction & Preview

Tampa Bay Rays (17-22 SU, 20-19 ATS, 20-17-2 O/U) at Kansas City Royals (13-28 SU, 16-25 ATS, 16-23-2 O/U)
When and Where: Wednesday, May 16, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo., 2:15 p.m. EDT.
Jason Hammel tries yet again for his first victory of 2018 and end a personal seven-game losing streak that dates back to last year as he gets the ball for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday to wrap up their three-game series versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hammel (0-4, 6.18 ERA) has gone 12 starts since beating Detroit on Sept. 6, going 0-7 with a 7.26 ERA in that stretch. He has allowed five or more runs in six of those outings, and opposing hitters are teeing off on him at a .313 clip that improves to .342 when they put the ball in play.

Faria seeks bounce-back start for Rays

Jake Faria (3-2, 5.09 ERA) looks to bounce back from a sub-par outing and win for the third time in four starts as he takes the ball for Tampa Bay.
The right-hander took one for the team in Baltimore on Friday, grinding through six innings while giving up seven runs and eight hits in six-plus innings of a 9-4 defeat. Three of the runs came via home runs, and four of the six home runs he has allowed have come on the road.
Faria has been inconsistent on the road for the Rays, going 1-2 with an 8.55 ERA in four starts. He has been reached for 19 runs and 20 hits while issuing 10 walks over 20 innings, and 12 of those 20 hits have gone for extra bases.
This will be the righty’s first appearance against Kansas City after not seeing the Royals as a rookie last year. Faria has pitched well versus AL Central opponents, though, going 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts and striking out 27 in 27 1-3 innings.
Ryan Goins is the only player on the Royals roster to have faced Faria previously, and he went 0 for 4.

Struggling Hammel again seeks first win of 2018

Hammel makes his ninth bid for his first victory of the year while trying to bounce back from his worst start of the season. The veteran right-hander, who pitched for Tampa Bay from 2006-08, was ripped for nine runs and six hits, including three home runs, with three walks in just 3 2-3 innings Friday at Cleveland, but the Royals got him off the hook by rallying for a 10-9 victory.
While Hammel did avoid losing a fourth consecutive start, his numbers have been ghastly in that stretch with a 9.55 ERA. He has given up 24 runs and 29 hits in 21 2-3 innings, and opposing hitters are batting .319 in that stretch while compiling a .962 OPS.
The veteran hurler has been serviceable at home, going 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts and serving up just one homer in 18 2-3 innings. Hammel, though, has given up 23 hits in those games.
Hammel dropped to 2-3 with a 4.89 ERA in seven lifetime starts against the Rays in his only appearance against them last year, getting tagged for seven runs and 13 hits in seven innings of a 12-1 loss May 10, 2017. Prior to that outing, he had not faced them since 2014.
Wilson Ramos is 4 for 12 with a pair of homers against Hammel while Brad Miller also has taken him deep while going 2 for 8. Mallex Smith has a pair of singles in his two at-bats versus the righty, but Denard SpanCarlos Gomez and Adeiny Hechavarria are a combined 8 for 57.
Trends:
The Rays are:
  • 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. starters with a WHIP above 1.30.
  • 4-1 in Faria’s last five starts.
The Royals are:
  • 2-11 in their last 13 home games vs. right-handed starters.
  • 7-21 in their last 28 during game 3 of a series.
  • 2-6 in Hammel’s last eight starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
Matt Duffy, who drove in both of Tampa Bay’s runs in Monday’s 2-1 victory with RBI singles in the first and sixth innings, entered Tuesday’s contest 10 for 20 over his last five games while raising his batting average 36 points to a team-leading .322.
Ramos is 0 for 8 with four strikeouts in his last two games after hitting safely in his previous 17 contests.