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Kansas City Royals home to Nationals in baseball betting action

Washington NationalsKansas City Royals
Aug 23, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Washington Nationals vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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Inter-league play resumes on Friday as the Royals take on the Nationals at Kauffman Stadium in a key battle on the odds menu.

Washington puts its faith in starter Gio Gonzalez to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 7-6. Getting the ball for the Royals is Bruce Chen, who owns a 2-1 record on the season with a 2.05 ERA.

View Washington vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Royals in this matchup found them as -121 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 4-ranked Royals and the National League No. 8-rated Nationals in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Nationals rank No. 13 in the National League at 8.2 hits per game. That compares with Kansas City’s No. 7 ranking in that category.

Washington brings the National League's No. 6-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals' league No. 1-ranked defense.

In their last action, Washington was a 5-4 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Washington at -164 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Washington won a close affair on Thursday in their last outing, defeating Chicago 5-4 in extra innings at Wrigley Field.

The Royals were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +160 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 4-3 score against Chicago at Kauffman Stadium.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Kansas City are 6-3
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 1-8
After playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Nationals at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Washington is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Kansas City, Saturday, August 24