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The struggling Baltimore Orioles will try to avoid losing their seventh in a row they play host to the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast this AL matchup.

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles Odds

Baltimore (-150) is favored over Kansas City (+140) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. Odds for betting on the games total stand at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at Royals +1.5 runs (-155) and Orioles +-1.5 runs (+135).

The Royals have gone 11-23 SU this year and are 15-19 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 10.4 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 6.5 units ATS. The Orioles, on the other hand, are 8-26 SU and 12-22 ATS. The team has lost 17.2 units for moneyline bettors and 11.8 units ATS.

Baltimore games have had an over/under record of 15-18-1 thus far in 2018. The Royals have been a decent under bet with a total record of 12-20-2.

Danny Duffy will get the start for the visiting Royals. The southpaw Duffy is 0-4 with a 5.63 ERA and 34 strikeouts. He has yet to face Baltimore this year, but he made two starts against the team in 2017, putting together a 0-0 record with a 1.93 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

The Orioles are putting the ball in the hands of righty Dylan Bundy (1-4, 3.76 ERA), who has 48 punchouts and 11 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.35. Bundy made two starts against the team in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record with a 1.29 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

Baltimore’s pitching staff has given up 5.5 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starters have a 5.32 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.43 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

Baltimore’s hitters are putting up 3.4 runs per contest, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .214/.277/.301 over its last five contests and is 0-5 SU during that span.

Manny Machado has helped lead the Orioles offense this season with nine home runs, 27 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Machado seemed to enjoy hitting lefties at home last year. Over 87 such plate appearances, he slashed .300/.345/.588 (compared to his overall season line of .260/.311/.473).

In the other dugout, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.61 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 7.37 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.83, along with a K/9 of 6.16.

The Royals offense has slashed .249/.319/.377 on its way to 3.7 runs scored per game this year, including 4.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Kansas City’s offense has been led by Jorge Soler. Soler is slashing .308/.425/.510 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored. He didn’t do as well hitting against right-handed pitchers on the road in 2017, putting up a slash line of .103/.235/.138 across 34 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .144/.245/.258).

The Royals just got a 4-2 victory over the Tigers, while the Orioles are coming off of a 2-1 loss against the Athletics.

Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Orioles, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Baltimore’s last seven games.
  • The Royals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • Kansas City fielders have committed zero errors over their last five games, compared to seven errors for Baltimore over its last five.
  • The Royals have won three of their last four games SU while the Orioles have lost seven of their last eight SU.