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Diamondbacks open as moneyline underdog vs Royals

Arizona DiamondbacksKansas City Royals
May 19, 7:15 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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Inter-league play resumes on Saturday as the Royals take on the Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium in a key battle on the odds menu.

The match puts starter Ian Kennedy for the Diamondbacks on the hill facing Bruce Chen for the Royals. Kennedy brings a 3-3 mark to the game, while Chen is 2-4 to date on the season.

View Arizona vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Royals were listed as -102 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Royals, most recently No. 9 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Diamondbacks, who rate a National League No. 16 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Diamondbacks offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.1 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 8.9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Diamondbacks hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).

Kansas City owns the American League's No. 12 defense, allowing 4.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Arizona's National League No. 12-rated defense.

In their last action, Arizona was a 6-4 winner on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Arizona at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Diamondbacks enjoyed a 6-4 victory at the expense of the Royals on Friday, with Joe Saunders throwing 6 innings of 8-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Arizona are 4-6
After playing Arizona are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Diamondbacks at Royals trends to consider:
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Arizona's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games
Kansas City is 4-17 SU in its last 21 games at home
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona

Next up:
Arizona at Kansas City, Sunday, May 20

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