4* UNDERVALUED MLB WINNER
Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City,
06/26/2012 20:10 EDT,
Score: 2 - 8
Money Line: +109 Tampa Bay
4* UNDERVALUED MLB WINNER: Rays +109
I personally think the Rays should be the team favored in this matchup, making it a no-brainer to take Tampa at +109. Kansas City opened up the series with a 8-0 win on Monday, behind a complete game shutout from Luke Hochevar. That along will have the Rays extremely motivated to bounce back and even the series.
Tampa Bay will send out Chris Archer, who I believe is one of the more underrated pitchers right now. Archer made his major league debut at Washington last Wednesday, and just about beat the great Stephen Strasburgh. The Rays lost the game 2-3, but Archer allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.
The Royals will counter with Bruce Chen, who has not been much to speak of in 2012. Chen is just 6-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 starts. He has really struggled of late, posting a 7.29 ERA and 1.540 WHIP in his last three starts.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400, while the Royals are 0-4 in Chens last 4 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. BET THE RAYS!