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MLB Game Preview - Nationals underdogs vs Royals at Kansas City

Washington NationalsKansas City Royals
Aug 25, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Washington Nationals vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The Washington Nationals will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Royals in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday in baseball action.

The match puts starter Dan Haren for the Nationals on the hill facing Ervin Santana for the Royals. Haren brings a 8-11 mark to the game, while Santana is 8-7 to date on the season.

View Washington vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Kansas City was a -131 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

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:
The game also pits Kansas City's No. 12-rated American League offense, averaging 4 runs per game, against a Nationals defense that ranks No. 6 in the National League at 4.1 in runs allowed per game. The Royals have averaged 8.8 hits per game so far, more than Nationals batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Washington owns the National League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

Washington won its last outing, a 7-2 result against the Royals on August 24. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -106 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 7-2 victory over Kansas City on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium behind starter Jordan Zimmermann.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Nationals at Royals trends to consider:
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kansas City's last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Washington
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Kansas City is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Miami, Tuesday, August 27
Kansas City home to Tampa Bay, Monday, August 26