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Hellickson to Make 1st Start for Streaking Orioles

As the most profitable pitcher in baseball, Jason Vargas has been making it rain this year. He’s set to make another start this evening with the Royals looking to win their 11th game in the lefty’s last 12 starts. KC’s opponents tonight are on a rare winning streak but that could come to an end when the O’s call upon their newly acquired starter Jeremy Hellickson (6-5, 4.73 ERA).

  • The Orioles are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against left-handed starting pitchers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Royals’ last 9 games on the road.
  • The Royals are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games on the road against the Orioles.

It’s close on the moneyline but it’s hard not to give the Royals the edge despite the trends. Vargas (86 Ks in 120 IP) hasn’t been blowing anyone away on the pitching bump but he’s been as consistent as you can ask for and it’s more than likely that he’ll pitch six or more innings for KC tonight.

Jeremy Hellickson, on the other hand, has regressed after a good 2016 and he was awful in his final two starts for the Phillies.

If you’re not sure of the pitching matchup in Hellickson’s debut, take a look at the UNDER. The total opened at 10 and the forecast has the wind gusting into Camden Yards on a humid night in Baltimore.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Baltimore Orioles as -115 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The OVER/UNDER was hovering near 10 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.4-4.0 result in favor of the Orioles. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Baltimore Orioles sport a record of 52-54 heading into this matchup, while the Kansas City Royals sit at 55-50 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baltimore vs Kansas City injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Baltimore Orioles and the league No. 6-ranked Kansas City Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Baltimore owns the No. 8 ranking for hits at 9 per game. By contrast, the Kansas City Royals are rated No. 13 in the same category at 8.71 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Baltimore has the No. 29-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the No. 10 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 7-2 on Tuesday behind a start from Dylan Bundy at Camden Yards.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Kansas City is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Baltimore is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games
  • Baltimore is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City home to Seattle, Thursday, August 3
Baltimore home to Detroit, Thursday, August 3