Kyle Kendrick faces Wade Davis in MLB odds action
Kansas City Royals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds
Inter-league play resumes on Friday as the Phillies take on the Royals at Citizens Bank Park in a key battle on the odds menu.
Wade Davis gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 0-0 on the season. The Phillies, meanwhile, will counter with Kyle Kendrick, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.
Philadelphia opened as -130 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 5-rated Phillies and the league No. 6-ranked Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 3 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 15 and scoring 1.7 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Royals hitters have managed (5.7 per nine innings).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.
The Royals were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +106 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Royals enjoyed a 3-1 victory at the expense of the White Sox on Thursday, with Jeremy Guthrie throwing 6 innings of 5-hit ball at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Phillies were a 2-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at +112 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors. Philadelphia threw a shutout at Atlanta in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Cliff Lee to defeat Atlanta 2-0 on Thursday.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-3
After playing Chi White Sox are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 3-3
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
A few Royals at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
Kansas City is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
Kansas City is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
Philadelphia is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City at Philadelphia, Saturday, April 6