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Royals Limping Into Series With Nats

The Kansas City Royals have not exactly been looking like defending World Series champions as of late with the team dropping five of their last six games. Those six games have seen the Royals outscored 27-11 while being held scoreless twice. A three-game series between the Royals and Washington Nationals kicks off at Kauffman Stadium Monday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 9-2 in the Royals past 11 games at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Bryce Harper has seven walks in the past five games, despite going just 2-for-15.
  • In six career at bats vs Gio Gonzalez, Eric Hosmer has two home runs and four RBIs.

Edinson Volquez will take to the mound for the Royals Monday following his worst outing of the season. Volquez allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs through just 5.0 innings when he took on the LA Angels last time out. Outside of that game, Volquez has only allowed three earned runs through 24.2 innings.

The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the bump Monday with the lefty coming off an incredibly hot first month. Through his first four starts this season, Gonzalez has posted a 1.42 ERA with a 25-to-7 strikeout-to-walks ratio.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Kansas City was a -110 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 7.5.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.4-3.3 win for the Royals on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals sport a record of 13-11 heading into this matchup, while the Washington Nationals sit at 17-7 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Washington injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Kansas City Royals rated this week at No. 21 and the Washington Nationals sitting at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 12 ranking for hits at 8.5 per game. By contrast, the Washington Nationals are rated No. 20 in the same category at 7.83 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Kansas City has the No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Cardinals, a 6-1 final on Sunday in support of M Scherzer at Busch Stadium.

Kansas City rolled to a 4-1 win against Seattle on Sunday, as I Kennedy and the Royals' bats led the team to victory at Safeco Field.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
  • Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games on the road
  • Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas City's last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Kansas City, Tuesday, May 3rd