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Kansas City Royals take on Rays in baseball test

Kansas City RoyalsTampa Bay Rays
Aug 20, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Tampa Bay and Kansas City on Monday, with the host Rays trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Tampa Bay sends Jeremy Hellickson out against Will Smith for the Royals in this game. Hellickson is 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA on the season, while Smith is 4-4 on the year and has a 5.09 ERA.

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Betting Line:
The Royals were listed as +-170 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Rays) and the No. 6 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Tampa Bay and its American League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.2 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 12 lineup of the Royals at 4.2 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

The Royals were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the White Sox, a 5-2 final on Sunday in support of Jeremy Guthrie at Kauffman Stadium.

Tampa Bay was an 8-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Angels. They won as +135 underdogs, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors. Tampa Bay got the job done in their last match in an 8-3 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday at Angel Stadium behind starter Matt Moore.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

A few Royals at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Kansas City's last 17 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Tampa Bay is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, August 21