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Road Struggles Continue To Dictate Dodgers vs Royals

With a loss in the series opener Friday, the Kansas City Royals have continued a tradition of road woes with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The road team has gone just 2-6 in the past eight between the Royals and Dodgers. Will this trend hold up when the two teams continue their three-game set Saturday?

Shark Bites
  • The Dodgers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home with Brandon McCarthy as the starter.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Dodgers' last 6 games at home.
  • Eric Hosmer is slashing .393/.452/.607 during the month of July.

After some up-and-down performances throughout the season, Ian Kennedy has been stellar for the Royals recently. The 10-year veteran has a 2.22 ERA and has held opponents to a .165 batting average across his past four starts. Kennedy had perhaps his best start in months in his most recent outing, as the righty pitched 6.2 innings of one-run ball and did not surrender a home run for the first time in 11 games.

The Dodgers will activate Brandon McCarthy from the 10-day DL to make the start in this one. The right-hander struggled in his most recent outing, pitching just 3.0 innings while surrendering four runs. However, McCarthy has been typically solid, as he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his past seven starts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Los Angeles Dodgers were listed as -188 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total line around 8.5 earlier at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.8-2.2 victory for the Dodgers. 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

59-29 Los Angeles battles the Royals, currently with a 44-41 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Kansas City injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 1 and the Kansas City Royals at No. 9 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles Dodgers No. 4-rated offense, averaging 5.15 runs per game, against a Kansas City Royals defense that ranks No. 10 at 4.44 in runs allowed per game. The Los Angeles Dodgers have averaged 8.6 hits per game so far, more than Kansas City Royals batters have averaged on the year (8.45 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.62 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City suffered a 4-1 loss against Los Angeles on Friday, as Jason Hammel wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 10 games
  • Kansas City is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
  • LA Dodgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Dodgers is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Los Angeles, Sunday, July 9