While there are still too many games to be played to officially crown anyone as a division champion just yet, only a crazy person would put money on anyone catching the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central. They have the opportunity to pad their lead a little more when they head to Cincinnati on Tuesday to face the Reds in a 2-game interleague series. Be sure to check for more sports betting odds by clicking here.
An Inside Preview MLB Betting Lines Pick on Kansas City vs Cincinnati & Game InfoDate/Time: August 18, 5.10pm Venue:Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio TV: FSKC, FS-O Radio:KCSP 610 Opening MLB Betting Lines: Kansas City -115 You know you have a good team when a 2-game losing streak makes people believe that something might be wrong. That is what happened to the Royals (71-46) last week, but they quickly returned things to normal by taking 3 straight from the Angels to close out the weekend. The lead atop the AL Central is now at 12 games, and there really is no way, barring some sort of cataclysmic event, that the Royals do not walk away with the division title. This is a team that has been focus all year, as they wanted to prove that their run to the World Series last season was not a fluke. It can be argued that the team that they have put together this season is better than last year, but the question still remains as to whether or not they can actually win it all this year. Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.27 ERA) has lost 2 of his last 3 starts, and will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday. The Reds (51-65) are going out of this season with a whimper rather than a bang. They have struggled offensively all year long, and are coming into this short series on a 3-game skid that saw them falter after a good start against the Dodgers. That has pretty much been par for the course for Cincinnati all season long, as they have shown little glimpses of promise followed by a long string of defeats. If they can take anything from this season, it is that they have performed quite well at home, where they are 2 games over the .500 mark. While that is not what anyone would classify as spectacular, it is good when you consider how awful they have been on the road. Raisel Iglesias (3-4, 4.70 ERA) will get the start for the Reds.
Key Betting Trends
- Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- Cincinnati is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games