Can the Royals Cool Down the Red Hot Rays?

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The Kansas City Royals visit the Tampa Bay Rays on 5/26/2021 at 7:10PM.

The Royals and the Rays face off in an regular season game. The Royals have a record of 23-23 this season. The Rays are 30-20 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Kansas City Royals

Mike Minor is 3-2 this season with an ERA of 5.14 in 49.0 innings pitched across 9 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.24 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.234. Mike Minor's pitching repetoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 91.2 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 86.1 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 80.6 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 85.1 mph.
Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Mike Minor has attracted this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 38.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 43.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.4%
He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 55.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 27.9%

Adalberto Mondesi

Adalberto Mondesi has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .500 batting average this season. He also has scored 0 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.
He is in the upper echelon of hitters with a 1.500 OPS. He is considered one of the top power hitters this season.
He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. With a strikeout rate of 50.0%, he has struggled at the plate with making contact. Getting on base is not an issue for Adalberto Mondesi this season.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Adalberto Mondesi put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 50.0%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 100.0%

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana has hit 10 Home Runs, drove in 32 runs, and sports a .256 batting average this season. He also has scored 30 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is very well known for his ability to draw walks with a 17.9% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 14.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Carlos Santana put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.9%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.8%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 22.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 42.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.1%

Salvador Perez

Salvador Perez has hit 9 Home Runs, drove in 28 runs, and sports a .281 batting average this season. He also has scored 20 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 2.7%. He has a K Rate of 25.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Salvador Perez put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 39.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 34.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.8%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.4%

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 15 runs, and sports a .283 batting average this season. He also has scored 21 runs this season and stolen 6 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.1% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 18.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Andrew Benintendi put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 31.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.8%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 59.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.3%

Jarrod Dyson

Jarrod Dyson has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .233 batting average this season. He also has scored 5 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.4% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 20.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jarrod Dyson put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 57.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 10.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 31.6%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 29.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 16.7%

Whit Merrifield

Whit Merrifield has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 24 runs, and sports a .250 batting average this season. He also has scored 28 runs this season and stolen 13 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.5% walk rate. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Whit Merrifield put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 35.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.5%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 10.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 61.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.3%

Kelvin Gutierrez

Kelvin Gutierrez has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 1 runs, and sports a .310 batting average this season. He also has scored 3 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.
He is below average with his 3.3% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 13.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Kelvin Gutierrez put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 72.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 16.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 12.0%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 60.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 24.0%

Nicky Lopez

Nicky Lopez has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 9 runs, and sports a .228 batting average this season. He also has scored 20 runs this season and stolen 5 bases.
A below-average OPS of .622 has been disappointing thus far for Nicky Lopez. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.6% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 13.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nicky Lopez put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 57.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 26.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.3%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 61.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 23.9%

Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 24 runs, and sports a .178 batting average this season. He also has scored 14 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.
A below-average OPS of .583 has been disappointing thus far for Jorge Soler. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.2% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 31.9%, it is not ideal, but... still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jorge Soler put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 38.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 45.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.7%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 52.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.3%

Get your look at the Tampa Bay Rays starter and starting lineup along with our score prediction for this game at The Trop.