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Philadelphia Phillies vs Kansas City Royals Preview

Kansas City RoyalsPhiladelphia Phillies
April 7, 1:35 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Kansas City Royals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds


Kansas City travels to Philadelphia for inter-league play on Sunday, hoping to secure a victory over the Phillies.

Cole Hamels gets the call for the Philadelphia Phillies and he will try to build on a 0-1 mark. In the other dugout, James Shields brings a 0-1 ledger to the game for the Royals as he tries to quiet the Phillies bats.

View Kansas City vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Phillies in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -154 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 6-rated Royals taking on the National League's No. 5-rated Phillies in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 8-rated National League offense, averaging 3.4 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 1 in the American League at 3 in runs allowed per game. The Phillies have averaged 7.8 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (8.4 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 3 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Kansas City lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Phillies on April 6. Bettors who backed the Phillies at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Royals endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Phillies on Saturday, with Luis Mendoza throwing 6 innings of 2-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 3-4
After a loss are 3-7

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing NY Mets are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 5-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Royals at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
Kansas City is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
Philadelphia is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Minnesota, Monday, April 8
Philadelphia home to NY Mets, Monday, April 8