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MLB betting line favors Royals over Orioles

Baltimore OriolesKansas City Royals
May 5, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Baltimore Orioles vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The Baltimore Orioles will look to grab a road win when they take on the Royals in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday in baseball odds action.

Chris Tillman, with a record of 1-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Orioles, while the Royals trot Bruce Chen to the mound in this one. He is 3-1 so far in 2011.

View Baltimore vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Royals as -120 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Royals at No. 8 in the American League and the Orioles at No. 11 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has the American League's No. 3-rated offensive output, at 9.4 hits per game. The Orioles average 8.1 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Orioles own the American League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Baltimore, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -110 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Orioles grabbed a win last time out, defeating Kyle Davies and the Royals 3-2 on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

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

A few Orioles at Royals trends to consider:
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Baltimore is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Baltimore is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Baltimore
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Baltimore

Next up:
Baltimore home to Tampa Bay, Friday, May 6
Kansas City home to Oakland, Friday, May 6

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