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Baseball Matchup - Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Rays Odds Preview

Tampa Bay RaysKansas City Royals
June 26, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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

Kansas City hands the ball to starter Bruce Chen in this one and he'll try to improve on his 6-6 mark on the year. Tampa Bay counters with Chris Archer, who will try to quiet the fans and the Royals bats at the same time.

View Tampa Bay vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Royals as -110 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.

Power Rankings:
The Royals - Rays odds would favor the Rays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas City is rated No. 7 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 4 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 13 ranked American League offense (4 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the American League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Rays have managed so far this season (7.7 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was an 8-0 loser on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Kansas City at -102 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Luke Hochevar shut down the Rays in their last game, striking out 8 in an 8-0 shutout over Tampa Bay in baseball action at Kauffman Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Rays at Royals trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 10 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kansas City's last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, Wednesday, June 27