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Orioles host the surprising Royals

Righthander Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball for the Kansas City Royals on Thursday as he takes on his old team, the Baltimore Orioles, in MLB betting action at Camden Yards.

Guthrie is off to a 4-0 start to the season with a sparkling 2.40 ERA, and the Royals have managed to pick up the win in five of his six trips to the mound. Last time out against the White Sox Guthrie gave up just four hits over nine scoreless innings.

The Orioles, meanwhile, will counter with Freddy Garcia, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.

View Kansas City vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
The Orioles - Royals odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Baltimore is rated No. 6 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 4 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Baltimore and its American League No. 4-rated batting order, averaging 4.9 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 9 lineup of the Royals at 4.3 runs per outing.

Baltimore owns the American League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's American League No. 3-rated defense.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 5-3 loser as they battled the Orioles on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -141 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kansas City didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-3 to Baltimore on Wednesday at Camden Yards.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Royals at Orioles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Baltimore
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
Kansas City is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Baltimore is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games at home
Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to NY Yankees, Friday, May 10
Baltimore at Minnesota, Friday, May 10