Pittsburgh Pirates vs Kansas City Royals Preview & MLB Lines

Posted by Alex Murphy on Monday,July 20, 2015 3:50, EST in

One of the great things about interleague play is that we often get to see a pair of great teams go head to head without having to wait for the World Series. The 3-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals is the perfect example of that. They will meet in KC, with the second game of the series set to go on Tuesday night, with the Royals entering as favorites to win the sports betting lines.

Quick View of the Pittsburgh Pirates vs Kansas City Royals Preview & MLB Lines

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 21, 6:10 PM
Venue:  Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV:  Root Sports
Radio: KDKA-FM 93.7
Opening MLB Lines: Kansas City -137

Through the first half of the season, it has been the Kansas City Royals (55-35) who have been the class of the conference. They have 5 more wins than the second best team in the AL, and their +67 run differential is also tops. The Royals finished the first half by winning 8 of their last 10 games, and they have picked up where they left off in the second half, taking 3 of 4 from the Chicago White Sox. The Royals have a stretch of games this week that will truly test how good they are, starting with this series against Pittsburgh. The will follow that up with a make-up game against the Cardinals, which will then be followed by a series against the Houston Astros. Jason Vargas (5-2, 4.10 ERA) will get the start for KC on Tuesday in search of his third straight win.
The Pirates (53-38) were probably unhappy to see the All-Star break arrive, as they had gone 13-3 in the 16 games leading up to it. The break seemed to be a momentum killer, as they got the second half under way by being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. Like the Royals, they have a tough schedule ahead of them this week and next, with the majority of their games coming against teams at the top of their divisions or right in the thick of things. The Pirates were one of the hottest teams through the first few months of the season, but this next stretch is going to be a real test of their mettle. They really cannot afford to lose any more ground to the Cardinals, who currently have a 4.5 game lead in the division. Gerrit Cole (13-3, 2.30 ERA) will get the start for the Pirates as he goes in search of his 3rd straight win.

MLB Betting Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

This should be a fantastic series, and this particular game serves up a great pitching match-up. Both pitchers are hot right now, but it is Cole who I think will lead his team to victory in this one.