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Colorado Trying to Avoid Hitting Rock Bottom in Kansas City

Trevor Story Rockies

Losers of three straight and 10 of their last 14 games, the Colorado Rockies had better put their foot on the gas if they want to maintain their three-game lead for the National League’s second wild-card spot. They’ve been a much different team on the road as they’re now two games below .500 outside of Colorado while averaging almost two fewer runs per game. They’ll look to flip the script on their losing ways as underdogs tonight in Kansas City.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals are 8-2 SU and 7-3 against the runline in their last 10 games on Wednesday.
  • The Rockies are 1-4 SU in their last five games on the road with Antonio Senzatela as the starting pitcher.
  • Since the all-star break, Charlie Blackmon is hitting .380.

The Rockies will send Antonio Senzatela to the mound to make his first start since August 9. After opening the season in the starting rotation, he was demoted to the bullpen in June and has since been moved back and forth. His performance so far this month has been positive for the most part as he’s posted a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings of work while limiting batters to a .184 average.

The Royals will counter with Ian Kennedy, who’s been kicked around so far in August. Kansas City has lost three of his four starts this month thanks to the fact that he’s allowed 18 earned runs in 19 innings pitched. This could be an opportunity for the Rockies offense to break out of an August slumber that has them ranked 22nd in runs scored. They’ve lit up right-handed pitching for the better part of the season and Kennedy is allowing opposing batters to hit for a .342 average during his month-long slump.

As for the total, which opened the day at 9.5 runs, the Rockies have been trending UNDER on the road, with six of their last seven games outside of Colorado going below the number.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Kansas City Royals as -113 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 6.2-5.0 result in favor of the Royals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Colorado Rockies vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kansas City (63-61) will face the 68-57 Rockies in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Colorado injuries news.

The Kansas City Royals sit at No. 25 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Colorado Rockies sit at No. 11 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 11 ranking for hits at 8.85 per game. By contrast, the Colorado Rockies are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.36 per game.

Kansas City owns the No. 14 defense, allowing 4.45 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Colorado's No. 17-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockies endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Royals on Tuesday, with Jon Gray throwing 6.2 innings of 6-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Colorado is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
  • Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games
  • Colorado is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Kansas City's last 16 games
  • Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Colorado at Kansas City, Thursday, August 24