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Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals MLB Baseball Betting Lines Preview

The Kansas City Royals get a visit from the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB baseball betting action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Kansas City sends Yordano Ventura out against Nathan Karns for the Tampa Bay Rays in this game. Ventura is 3-6 with a 4.68 ERA on the season, while Karns is 4-4 on the year and has a 3.21 ERA.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Kansas City sat as -151 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The over/under total was set at 7.5, according to MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.5-3.1 win for the Royals on Thursday. Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 4.5-3.1 result in favor of the Royals today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals sport a record of 49-33 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Rays sit at 43-44 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 12-ranked Kansas City Royals and the No. 19-rated Tampa Bay Rays in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Kansas City Royals and its No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.34 runs per nine innings, against the No. 25 line up of the Tampa Bay Rays at 3.67 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Kansas City has the No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 9-7 to Kansas City on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Houston, Friday, July 10th
Kansas City home to Toronto, Friday, July 10th

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