Luis Mendoza, John Lannan take mound in Phillies vs Royals tilt
Kansas City Royals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds
Philadelphia's pitching staff and batting order hope to create an unwelcoming environment in interleague play on Saturday when the Kansas City Royals pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park.
Luis Mendoza 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 John Lannan, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.
The Phillies were listed as -115 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8.5 earlier on Monday.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 5-ranked Phillies and the American League No. 6-rated Royals in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 9 hits per game. The Royals average 9 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the American League list.
Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 2.8 runs per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.
In their last action, Kansas City was a 13-4 winner on the road against the Phillies. Bettors on Kansas City at +110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (17) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Kansas City got the job done in their last match in a 13-4 victory over Philadelphia on Friday at Citizens Bank Park behind starter Wade Davis.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-3
After playing Philadelphia are 3-3
After a win are 5-5
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 4-3
After playing Kansas City are 4-2
After a loss are 4-6
A few Royals at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Kansas City is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Kansas City at Philadelphia, Sunday, April 7