Baseball Betting : TAMPA BAY RAYS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS (7/8)

BASEBALL — July 8

TAMPA BAY (Archer) at KANSAS CITY (Guthrie)
(America’s Bookie Line: Rays -150 / Royals +130, Total 6.5) — Everybody knows that Chris Archer is one of the best starting pitchers in the American League, and indeed he is 6-0 with a 0.77 ERA in the seven starts he has made on the road. But Tampa Bay has not been playing well lately, losing nine out of its last 10, in Jeremy Guthrie has been pitching very capably of late (four runs on 12 hits in 12-1/3 innings last two). Archer’ road prowess will be hard to overcome, and he depends on velocity, striking out well over one batter per inning. But Kansas City strikes out less than any team in the American League, so there will be a challenge for him on Wednesday. They can be pretty appetizing when you get a price at home with one of the best teams in baseball. And that’s what the Royals are.

PLAY BY JAY: KANSAS CITY (+130) ***

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