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MLB Game Preview - Royals underdogs vs Tigers at Kansas City

Detroit TigersKansas City Royals
Oct 1, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the Kansas City vs Detroit battle on Monday at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Kansas City hands the ball to starter Bruce Chen in this one and he'll try to improve on his 11-13 mark on the year. Detroit counters with Rick Porcello, who will try to quiet the fans and the Royals bats at the same time.

View Detroit vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Royals as +130 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Royals) and the No. 2 (Tigers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 3 ranking for hits in the American League at 9.2 per game. By contrast, the Tigers are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9.1 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Tigers own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

The Tigers were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Twins. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -162 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Detroit rolled to a 2-1 win against Minnesota on Sunday, as Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bats led the team to victory at Target Field.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 15-3 loser on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Cleveland at -136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (18) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Kansas City was scored on plenty on Sunday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 15-3 loss to Cleveland.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Tigers at Royals trends to consider:
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Detroit's last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Detroit at Kansas City, Tuesday, October 2