Kansas City Royals take on Rays in baseball test

Kansas City RoyalsTampa Bay Rays
June 16, 1:40 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the Tampa Bay vs Kansas City battle on Sunday at Tropicana Field as the Rays try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Wade Davis gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 3-5 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Fausto Carmona, who will be looking to improve on his 4-6 mark.

View Kansas City vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Royals were listed as +-132 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 4-rated Rays and the league No. 3-ranked Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Royals rank No. 8 in the American League at 8.8 hits per game. That compares with Tampa Bay’s No. 6 ranking in that category.

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 11 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's American League No. 1-rated defense.

The Royals were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -173 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. The Royals endured a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Rays on Saturday, with Jeremy Guthrie throwing 7 innings of 8-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Royals at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Kansas City is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Cleveland, Monday, June 17
Tampa Bay at Boston, Tuesday, June 18