Preview: Royals at Rockies

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GAME: Kansas City Royals (70-55) at Colorado Rockies (49-76)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 20 - 8:40 PM EST
WHERE: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
LINE: -126, 116 TOTAL: 9.5


The red-hot Kansas City Royals vie for their ninth straight series victory when they visit the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in the finale of their two-game series. Kansas City on Tuesday maintained its two-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central with a 7-4 victory - its 14th in 16 contests - and moved 15 games above .500 for the first time since 1994. The Royals are 4-1 on a stretch during which they'll play 12 of 13 contests against teams with below .500 records.

Colorado couldn't ride the momentum of its first winning streak since a three-game run from July 23-26 - a doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati on Sunday - as it fell to 6-22 in its last 28 games. The Rockies hope to get Michael Cuddyer back after the 2013 National League batting champion, who hit for the cycle Sunday in his second game since missing 63 with a broken shoulder, did not play Tuesday because of hamstring tightness. Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa has won five straight home outings and looks to continue his amazing success at Coors Field as he opposes Danny Duffy, who is riding a three-start winning streak - the first of his career.

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, FSN Kansas City, ROOT (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Danny Duffy (8-10, 2.60 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Jorge De La Rosa (12-8, 4.32)

Duffy allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 victory in Minnesota on Friday as he continues to receive plenty of run support. The 25-year-old Californian has gotten 23 runs of support - 12.2 per nine innings - over his last three starts after receiving eight runs in his previous eight turns (1.4 per nine) and went 1-5 with a 1.98 ERA. Duffy, who also has a five-start unbeaten streak, is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three starts against the NL West this season.
 
De La Rosa permitted three runs and five hits in seven innings of a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday to snap his three-start winless streak.  The 33-year-old Mexican, who was 11-16 in two seasons (2006-07) with Kansas City, is 8-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 home starts this season and 43-14 all-time at hitter-friendly Coors Field. De La Rosa is riding a career-high streak of 10 straight games in which he's logged six or more innings and is 6-2 with a 3.80 ERA during that span.

WALK-OFFS

1. Royals 2B Omar Infante, who was 1-for-18 in his previous four games, recorded four RBIs and matched a career high with three doubles among his season-best four hits Tuesday - including two-run doubles in both the seventh and eighth innings.

2. Rockies OF Corey Dickerson on Tuesday went 0-for-5 to snap his 12-game hitting streak, one day after claiming NL Player of the Week honors. 

3. Kansas City is a major league-best 15-4 in interleague play and 10-1 versus the NL West.

PREDICTION: Rockies 3, Royals 2 
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Kansas City 70-55 W3 33-28 37-27 14-12 28-26 13-13 15-4
Colorado 49-76 L1 31-32 18-44 11-16 10-20 22-27 6-13

Last Meeting

Kansas City Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/19/14 KC 7 COL 4 .297 0 .840 .306 2 .918

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
KC S. Perez .417 5 1.212
COL N. Arenado .545 6 1.524
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
KC L. Cain 1 2 3
COL D. Stubbs 2 2 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
KC 2.33 .278 31
COL 5.40 .222 10
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
KC A. Gordon .283 124 .801
COL J. Morneau .320 127 .861
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
KC S. Perez 15 50 54
COL T. Tulowitzki 21 71 52
Pitching ERA Avg K
KC 3.58 .265 905
COL 5.02 .278 821

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-110
9.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 110 -130
-115
9.5
5Dimes.eu
117
-127
-105
9.5
GTBets.eu 117 -127
-110
9.5
Top Bet 110
-120
-110
9.5
SBO.ag 101 -121
-110
9.5
BetDSI 105 -125
-115
9.5
Sportsbook 110 -130
-115
9.5
BookMaker.eu 105 -125
-115
9.5
Vegas Odds
LVH OFF OFF OFF
Mirage 105 -125
-110
9.5
Station 115 -130 OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Kansas City Overall Colorado
70-55 W/L 49-76
73-52 RL W/L 63-62
58-62-5 O/U 63-51-11
4.16 Runs For 4.66
3.89 Runs Against 5.23
Kansas City A/H Colorado
37-27 W/L 31-32
45-19 RL W/L 33-30
29-31-4 O/U 32-27-4
4.52 Runs For 5.81
3.58 Runs Against 5.62