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MLB Betting Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

August 5, 2023

Bettors could have an incredible opportunity in the game three finale in Pennsylvania, featuring the Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies. Can the Royals steal another win on the road?

  • Date: Game 3 on August 6, 2023 at 1:35 PM ET

  • Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Royals are one of the worst teams in baseball, but have somehow managed to win six straight games heading into this series. While they continued that streak with a game one victory here, can they keep this series a success with another win? Zack Greinke is expected to take the mound for game three but is 1-11 this year.

Their stats show how bad this season has been. Their batting average is around .238 and their opponent’s average is hovering .262. This shows they typically slow their opponents to do much better at the plate.

Their earned run average is nearing 5.14 and their on base percentage has moved close to .297. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .386, which is quite a bit off of the league average.

The Royals are last in the AL Central by over 20 games and have no chance of getting close to the Minnesota Twins. They have another opportunity to steal wins against good teams again.

Philadelphia Phillies Betting Preview

The Phillies recently had a tough 3-1 series against the Miami Marlins, which showed their strength. They can still turn this series into their favor, as long as they dominate here. Taijuan Walker is the probable starting pitcher for game three and is 12-4 on the year. 

Their stats look good in comparison to the Royals. Their batting average is around .254 and their opponents average is hovering .243. This is a solid separation between the two averages.

Their earned run average is nearing 3.99 and their on base percentage has moved close to .321. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .411, which is close to the league average. 

The Phillies are second in the NL East by about 13 games behind the Atlanta Braves. They need easy wins to inch closer to the lead.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie shows that the Philadelphia Phillies are moderate favorites to win game three. The market is estimating that the Phillies have a 70.7 percent chance to be victorious.

  • Kansas City Royals: +180

  • Philadelphia Phillies: -215

*odds are subject to changes

The Royals are horrendous on the road, while the Phillies are pretty solid at home. The Phillies will have strong pitching and their batting averages will likely shine through. Look for the Phillies to get back in the groove of things in game three.

Final Pick: Take the Philadelphia Phillies to win at -215