The Royals’ Alex Gordon contributed to the 14-hit attack in the series-opening 6-0 victory over the Rays while Omar Infante extended his hitting streak with six games, going 11-for-25 in that span. The Rays offense will join in on Tuesday as well as the Over is 4-0-1 in Rays’ last 5 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32 ERA) vs. Rays RH Jeremy Hellickson (2013: 12-10, 5.17)
The Over is 3-1-1 in Vargas’ last 5 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5. Don’t expect the seven shutout innings he had at Minnesota last Wednesday.
Hellickson struggled in five rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Durham, going 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA and giving up 38 hits in 18 2/3 innings. It won’t get easier against a hot Baltimore offense.