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Royals vs Orioles Baseball Game Preview

Kansas City RoyalsBaltimore Orioles
May 8, 7:05 PM | GrassCamden Yards

Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Baltimore and Kansas City on Wednesday, with the host Orioles trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

It's a pitching duel between Chris Tillman for the Orioles (2-1 on the year) and Luis Mendoza for Kansas City (0-1 so far).

View Kansas City vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Baltimore sat as -142 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 6-ranked Orioles and the American League No. 4-rated Royals in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Baltimore's No. 4-rated American League offense, averaging 4.9 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 3 in the American League at 3.8 in runs allowed per game. The Orioles have averaged 8.9 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (9.2 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Baltimore has the American League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Orioles on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -121 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Royals endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Orioles on Tuesday, with Ervin Santana throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Camden Yards.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Baltimore are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Royals at Orioles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Baltimore
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Kansas City is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Baltimore is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Baltimore, Thursday, May 9