Rays Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – July 22, 2022

Written By Staff on July 21, 2022

The Kansas City Royals (36-56) will aim to stop a three-game losing streak when they host the Tampa Bay Rays (51-41) on Friday at 8:10 PM ET. Tampa Bay (-136 to win) has Drew Rasmussen set to start, while Kansas City (+116) counters Brad Keller.

The betting trends in what follows reference odds valid as of July 22, 2022 at 7:31 PM ET.

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Rays vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Rasmussen (TB) Pitcher Keller (KC)
5 – 3 W/L 5 – 9
72.2 IP 97.2
3.22 ERA 4.15
1.156 WHIP 1.280
7.7 K/9 6.2
2.6 BB/9 2.9

Rays Probable Starter Drew Rasmussen

  • Rasmussen gets the start for the Rays, his 16th of the season. He is 5-3 with a 3.22 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last time out on Thursday, July 14, the righty threw 6 2/3 innings against the Boston Red Sox, allowing three earned runs while surrendering four hits.
  • The 26-year-old has put up an ERA of 3.22, with 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings, in 15 games this season. Opponents are batting .229 against him.
  • Rasmussen has collected three quality starts this season.
  • The opposing Royals offense has a collective .243 batting average, and is 16th in the league with 755 total hits and 27th in MLB play with 359 runs scored. It has the 23rd-ranked slugging percentage (.378) and ranks 26th in home runs (76) in all of MLB.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 22, 2022 at 7:31 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Rasmussen

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Hunter Dozier 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Whit Merrifield 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • Keller (5-9) will take to the mound for the Royals and make his 18th start of the season.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Monday, July 11, when he gave up one earned run and allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers.
  • The 26-year-old has pitched to a 4.15 ERA this season with 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.9 walks per nine across 17 games.
  • In 17 starts this season, he’s earned nine quality starts.
  • The Rays have scored 388 runs this season, which ranks 19th in MLB. They are batting .240 for the campaign with 86 home runs, 21st in the league.
  • The 26-year-old’s 4.15 ERA ranks 52nd, 1.280 WHIP ranks 48th, and 6.2 K/9 ranks 58th among qualified pitchers in the majors this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 22, 2022 at 7:31 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rays Stats vs Keller

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS

Rays Betting Trends

  • The Rays are 38-24 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 61.3% of those games).
  • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -136 or shorter, Tampa Bay has a 27-15 record (winning 64.3% of its games).
  • The Rays have a 57.6% chance to win this contest based on the moneyline’s implied probability.
  • Tampa Bay has had an over/under set by oddsmakers 92 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 45 of those games (45-43-4).
  • The Rays have a 42-50-0 record against the spread this season (covering 45.7% of the time).
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have won 27, or 36.5%, of the 74 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.
  • Kansas City has a record of 15-37, a 28.8% win rate, when they’re set as an underdog of +116 or more by sportsbooks this season.
  • The Royals have a 46.3% chance to win this game based on the implied probability of the moneyline.
  • Games involving Kansas City have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 45 of 92 chances this season.
  • The Royals are 42-50-0 against the spread in their 92 chances this season.

Rays Players to Watch

  • Yandy Diaz has accumulated a team-best .407 on-base percentage. He’s hitting .294 with 18 doubles, three home runs and 49 walks.
  • Among the qualified hitters in baseball, Diaz’s batting average ranks 25th, his on-base percentage ranks fourth, and he is 112th in the league in slugging.
  • Randy Arozarena’s 86 hits and .431 slugging percentage both pace his team. He has 20 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 23 walks while hitting .254.
  • Among the qualifying hitters, Arozarena ranks 78th in batting average, 102nd in on-base percentage, and 68th in slugging.
  • Arozarena has safely hit in two games in a row. During his last five outings he is hitting .235 with two home runs, four walks and three RBI.
  • Ji-Man Choi is hitting .278 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 39 walks.
  • Isaac Paredes is hitting .226 with seven doubles, 13 home runs and 16 walks.

Rays Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Randy Arozarena 339 .254 42 12 43 .314 .745
Yandy Díaz 282 .294 40 3 26 .407 .797
Taylor Walls 241 .178 26 4 16 .257 .547
Ji-Man Choi 216 .278 26 7 41 .385 .834
Christian Bethancourt 180 .244 25 5 21 .292 .681
Francisco Mejía 170 .241 21 6 21 .249 .661
Brett Phillips 170 .147 19 5 13 .219 .478
Isaac Paredes 164 .226 27 13 28 .297 .803
Josh Lowe 151 .199 21 2 13 .258 .596
Brandon Lowe 126 .246 24 5 12 .324 .776

Royals Players to Watch

  • Bobby Witt Jr. is batting .251 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI for Kansas City this season.
  • Witt ranks 82nd in batting average, 129th in on-base percentage and 56th in slugging percentage among all batters in the big leagues.
  • Andrew Benintendi has a slash line of .317/.386/.401 this season and a team-best OPS of .787.
  • Benintendi’s batting average ranks fifth among all qualified players, his on-base percentage places him 12th, and he is 98th in slugging.
  • Whit Merrifield has 80 hits this season and has a slash line of .237/.290/.340.
  • Hunter Dozier leads Kansas City in total hits (76) this season while batting .269 with 31 extra-base hits.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Bobby Witt Jr. 342 .251 48 13 47 .296 .743
Whit Merrifield 338 .237 45 5 36 .290 .630
Andrew Benintendi 322 .317 37 3 37 .386 .787
Hunter Dozier 283 .269 36 9 31 .330 .782
Nicky Lopez 275 .240 31 0 13 .293 .580
MJ Melendez 212 .217 22 9 25 .309 .715
Michael A. Taylor 208 .264 26 5 24 .340 .725
Emmanuel Rivera 182 .231 22 6 21 .282 .689
Kyle Isbel 139 .223 13 2 13 .257 .588
Edward Olivares 99 .303 15 3 12 .358 .792

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