This is a 1* free play on the "under" between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night (7:10 EST).
Ervin Santana (4-5, 2.99 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Santana gave up two earned runs off five hits over seven frames to beat the Halos on Saturday. Santana walked no one and had six strikeouts. For the most part Santana has been solid this season, but like the rest of his teammates in the rotation, he is consistently the victim of poor run support. Santana will be opposed by Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 5.18 ERA) who is coming off a gem vs. the Orioles on Saturday, surrendering just four hits with no walks over six scoreless frames of work. Like Santana, Hellickson has been decent overall this year and is 2-0 with a 4.71 ERA in front of the home town crowd thus far. The Rays have a potent lineup but face a tough task in Santana in the opener of this three-game set as he sports a very respectable 3.00 ERA on the road. I believe these starters battle into the latter frames and this total sneaks below the posted number. How about you? What do you think? Slugfest or duel?