Preview: Ryne Stanek opens things up as Rays look for another win over Royals
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Royals: Homer Bailey (2-1, 4.30 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 27 strikeouts)
Rays: Ryne Stanek (2-0, 1.46 ERA, .89 WHIP, 13 strikeouts)
Kansas City enters the matchup as losers of their last four games.
The Rays are 8-6 on their home turf. Tampa Bay’s team on-base percentage of .337 is second in the American League. Tommy Pham leads the club with an OBP of .408.
The Royals are 2-9 in road games. The Kansas City pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.43. Brad Keller leads the team with a 3.41 earned run average. The Rays won the last meeting 6-3. Wilmer Font secured his first victory and Mike Zunino went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs for Tampa Bay. Keller took his second loss for Kansas City.
Yandy Diaz leads the Rays with six home runs and has 11 RBIs. Austin Meadows is 18-for-40 with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Rays: 5-5, .272 batting average, 3.97 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs
Royals: 4-6, .226 batting average, 5.00 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: 10-day IL (toe), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Austin Meadows: 10-day IL (right thumb sprain), Matt Duffy: 10-day IL (back), Ji-Man Choi: day-to-day (calf).
Royals Injuries: Trevor Oaks: 60-day IL (hip), Jesse Hahn: 60-day IL (elbow), Brian Flynn: 10-day IL (elbow), Danny Duffy: 10-day IL (shoulder), Hunter Dozier: day-to-day (back), Salvador Perez: 60-day IL (elbow).