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Royals face Tampa Bay Rays: MLB odds preview and stats

Kansas City RoyalsTampa Bay Rays
Aug 21, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Tropicana Field on Tuesday as host Tampa Bay battles the Kansas City Royals in baseball odds action.

Luke Hochevar gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 7-11 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with David Price, who will be looking to improve on his 16-4 mark.

View Kansas City vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Rays in this one will find them as -260 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 7 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Rays at No. 4 in the American League and the Royals at No. 6 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 12 and scoring 4.1 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 7.9 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (9.3 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 5-1 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -170 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kansas City suffered a 5-1 loss against Tampa Bay on Monday, as Will Smith wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Tropicana Field.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

A few Royals at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, August 22

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