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Kansas City Royals visit Tampa Bay Rays in MLB Betting Odds Clash

The Tampa Bay Rays host Kansas City on Thursday, looking to pick up a win and improve their 43-63 mark against the 51-56 Royals in MLB betting odds action at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay sends Drew Smyly out against Ian Kennedy for the Kansas City Royals in this game. Smyly is 3-11 with a 5.29 ERA on the season, while Kennedy is 6-9 on the year and has a 4.23 ERA.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the Tampa Bay Rays in this matchup found them as -138 favorites on the MLB money line at BetOnline. Betting the over under instead? It was 7.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.9-1.8 win for the Rays. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Tampa Bay (43-63) will face the 51-56 Royals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Kansas City injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 13 (Tampa Bay Rays) and the No. 29 (Kansas City Royals) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Tampa Bay Rays No. 25-ranked scoring average of 4.01 runs per game, against a Kansas City Royals offense rated No. 27 and scoring 3.83 runs per game. The Rays have averaged 8.06 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (8.91 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 4.38 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 28 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City was routed on Wednesday at Tropicana Field, having a 12-0 loss put on them by the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 20 games
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City home to Toronto, Friday, August 5th
Tampa Bay home to Minnesota, Friday, August 5th