Kansas City Royals MLB Betting Odds

Kansas City Royals MLB Betting Odds

Kansas City Royals MLB Betting

The Kansas City Royals have been a feast or famine franchise. Kansas City won the American League pennant in 2014 and 2015 with a World Series title in 2015. However, the Royals have posted just four winning seasons since 1995. Kansas City chose to let most of their key players go in the seasons that followed their World Series title. There was some good news in 2020 as the Royals improved their win percentage from .364 in 2019 to .433 in 2020. But the fact is that Kansas City is not considered ready to contend, at least not for the 2021 campaign.

Kansas City Royals at a Glance

Manager: Mike Matheny

Home Stadium: Kauffman Stadium

World Series Championships: 2 ( Last, 2015 )

League Pennants: 4 ( Last, 2015 )

Divison Titles: 7 ( Last, 2015 )

Odds to Win World Series: +18500 (March 2021)

Odds to Win American League Pennant: +8500 (March 2021)

2021 Season Preview

The 2020 Kansas City Royals finished 26-34 with 22-36-2 under the total. The Royals ended up fourth in the five-team American League Central Division. Kansas City finished with MLB metrics of 26th for run scoring, 20th for OPS, 20th for home runs, 12th for staff earned run average, 19th for WHIP, 25th for quality starts, and 9th for the bullpen. The modest improvement in pitching, especially from the relief staff, bodes for optimism in Kansas City.

Manager Mike Matheny had an overall successful first season with Kansas City in 2020. During his time with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012 through 2018, Matheny was a winner posting a .555 win percentage and four playoff appearances.

Perhaps the Most Valuable Person in Kansas City is owner John Sherman. Sherman bought the Royals after the 2019 season and is a Kansas City local. He has vowed to pump money into the team payroll and struck with big contracts for Carlos Santana and Mike Minor. KC ranked in the top ten in most charts for their offseason moves. The Royals have moved up to 19th in MLB for payroll.

Right fielder Whit Merrifield was a 2019 All-Star and is the projected leadoff man. Last year Merrifield posted a .764 OPS with 12 doubles and nine home runs in 60 games.

Carlos Santana hit 34 home runs in 2019 before a COVID ravaged decline in 2020. He arrives from Cleveland, where he won an AL Silver Slugger Award. Kansas City is betting that last year was an outlier.

2021 Kansas City Royals Schedule

April 1-4: Texas Rangers

April 5-7: at Cleveland Indians

April 8-11: at Chicago White Sox

April 12-14: Los Angeles Angels

April 15-18: Toronto Blue Jays

April 19-21: Tampa Bay Rays

April 23-26: at Detroit Tigers

April 27-28: at Pittsburgh Pirates

April 30-May 2: at Minnesota Twins

May 3-6: Cleveland Indians

May 7-9: Chicago White Sox

May 11-13: at Detroit Tigers

May 14-16: at Chicago White Sox

May 18-19: Milwaukee Brewers

May 21-23: Detroit Tigers

May 25-27: at Tampa Bay Rays

May 28-30: at Minnesota Twins

May 31-June 1: Pittsburgh Pirates

June 3-6: Minnesota Twins

June 7-9: at Los Angeles Angels

June 10-13: at Oakland Athletics

June 14-16: Detroit Tigers

June 18-20: Boston Red Sox

June 22-24: at New York Yankees

June 25-27: at Texas Rangers

June 28-July 1: at Boston Red Sox

July 2-July 4: Minnesota Twins

July 5-7: Cincinnati Reds

July 8-11: at Cleveland Indians

July 16-18: Baltimore Orioles

July 20-21: at Milwaukee Brewers

July 23-25: Detroit Tigers

July 26-29: Chicago White Sox

July 30-August 1: at Toronto Blue Jays

August 3-5: at Chicago White Sox

August 6-8: at St. Louis Cardinals

August 9-11: New York Yankees

August 13-15: St. Louis Cardinals

August 16-19: Houston Astros

August 20-22: at Chicago Cubs

August 23-25: at Houston Astros

August 26-30: at Seattle Mariners

August 31-September 2: Cleveland Indians

September 3-5: Chicago White Sox

September 6-9: at Baltimore Orioles

September 10-12: at Minnesota Twins

September 14-16: Oakland Athletics

September 17-19: Seattle Mariners

September 20-22: at Cleveland Indians

September 24-26: at Detroit Tigers

September 28-30: Cleveland Indians

October 1-3: Minnesota Twins

Statistics By Year (2010)

YEAR RECORD HOME AWAY MONEY O/U DIVISION FINISH
2020 26-34 15-15 11-19 +26 22-36-2 4th
2019 59-103 31-50 28-53 -2155 82-74-6 4th
2018 58-104 32-49 26-55 -2,337 70-82-10 5th
2017 80-82 43-38 37-44 +260 76-80-6 3rd
2016 81-81 47-34 34-47 +206 75-78-9 3rd
2015 95-67 51-30 44-37 +1,944 73-75-14 1st
2014 89-73 42-39 47-34 +317 73-81-3 2nd
2013 86-76 44-37 42-39 +636 61-92-9 3rd
2012 72-90 37-44 35-46 -358 73-83-6 3rd
2011 71-91 40-41 31-50 -542 77-75-10 4th
2010 67-95 38-43 29-52 -903 82-75-5 5th

Year-By-Year History (2010)

YEAR RECORD STANDING POSTSEASON
2020 26-34 4th -
2019 59-103 4th -
2018 58-104 5th -
2017 80-82 3rd -
2016 81-81 3rd -
2015 95-67 1st Won World Series
2014 89-73 2nd Lost World Series
2013 86-76 3rd -
2012 72-90 3rd -
2011 71-91 4th -
2010 67-95 5th -
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