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Will Smith vs Wei-Yin Chen matchup featured in MLB action

Kansas City RoyalsBaltimore Orioles
Aug 9, 7:05 PM | GrassCamden Yards

Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles Odds

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The Baltimore Orioles battle the visiting Kansas City Royals on Thursday in MLB betting action at Camden Yards.

Baltimore hands the ball to starter Wei-Yin Chen in this one and he'll try to improve on his 10-6 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with Will Smith, who will try to quiet the fans and the Orioles bats at the same time.

View Kansas City vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Kansas City before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-165-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 14-rated Orioles and the league No. 8-ranked Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Baltimore's No. 10-rated American League offense, averaging 4.2 runs per game, against a Royals defense that ranks No. 11 in the American League at 4.7 in runs allowed per game. The Orioles have averaged 8.4 hits per game so far, less than Royals batters have averaged on the year (9.3 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Baltimore has the American League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

The Royals were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +155 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jose Quintana and the White Sox 2-1 on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last time out for Baltimore, they were a 9-2 winner as they battled the Mariners at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -128 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Orioles enjoyed a 9-2 victory at the expense of the Mariners on Wednesday, with Steve Johnson throwing 6 innings of 5-hit ball at Camden Yards.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Royals at Orioles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Baltimore
Kansas City is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
Baltimore is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Baltimore is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Baltimore, Friday, August 10