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Royals On A Blistering Pace Away From KC

Don’t look now, but the Kansas City Royals have been one of the hottest teams in baseball. After a lackluster start to the season, the Royals have gone 18-6 in their past 24 games, which includes a stellar 11-3 record on the road. The Royals will kick off a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the City of Angels on Friday. 

Shark Bites
  • Mike Moustakas is batting .324 with 6 HRs and 8 RBIs during his current 9-game hitting streak.
  • The Dodgers are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games when opening a series.
  • The visiting team is 2-5 SU in the last 7 games between the Royals and Dodgers.

After a stellar month of June, Jason Hammel came crashing down to earth in his last start. The 11-year veteran allowed nine hits and seven runs in just 5.1 innings of work against the Minnesota Twins last Saturday. This will also be a rare road start for Hammel, as he has only one outing away from Kauffman Stadium since May 24.

Kenta Maeda will make his third consecutive start after being called up from the bullpen due to Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu both suffering injuries. The Japanese import has not been very good as a starter this season with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 13 attempts. Luckily for the Dodgers, Maeda will be pitching at home where he has a respectable 3.27 ERA. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Los Angeles was a -185 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made oddsmakers at 5Dimes pick an opening OVER/UNDER number of 8.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 6.2-2.9 win for the Dodgers on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Dodgers sport a record of 58-29 heading into this matchup, while the Kansas City Royals sit at 44-40 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Kansas City injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Los Angeles Dodgers and the league No. 9-ranked Kansas City Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Los Angeles has baseball's No. 4-rated offensive output, at 8.59 hits per game. The Kansas City Royals average 8.49 hits per game, good for No. 21 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Los Angeles has the No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City needed extra innings to get the job done against the Mariners on Wednesday as the Royals defeated them 9-6 at Safeco Field.

Robbie Ray fanned 13 Los Angeles batters last time out, but Los Angeles was able to rally for a 5-4 win on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 9 games
  • Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 16-8 ATS in its last 24 games
  • LA Dodgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • LA Dodgers is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Los Angeles, Saturday, July 8