The Atlanta Braves are 2-4 in their last six games overall and in their last six games against the Kansas City Royals. The Braves will try to end both of these mini-slumps on Tuesday night when they host the Royals in the first game of a two-game interleague series.
Atlanta is a -210 home favorite on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Dallas Keuchel takes the mound against Danny Duffy and the Royals as +190 road underdogs.
Kansas City Royals at Atlanta Braves
When: Tuesday, July 23, 7:20 p.m. ET
Where: SunTrust Park, Cobb County, Georgia
Betting Line / Total: Atlanta -210 / 9 Runs
Atlanta Braves Betting Notes
Since hovering around .500 for most of the first half of the season with a 33-29 record through 62 games, the Braves went on a 25-8 tear over their next 33 games to open up a nice lead in the NL East.
Now at 60-41 after a 2-4 run over their last six games, the Braves still have a 6.5-game lead in the NL East and own the second best record in the National League behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers. Atlanta ranks third in the NL in runs scored with 5.29 per game and fifth in team ERA at 4.25.
Dallas Keuchel is off to a 3-3 start in an Atlanta jersey per the OddsShark MLB Database. He has a respectable 3.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP through his first six starts of the season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Notes
Kansas City stumbled into the all-star break with a 2-9 record over their last 11 games, posting one of the first half’s worst records at 31-60. But so far in the second half, the Royals are off to an impressive 7-3 run over their last 10 games.
The hot streak may have more to do with the quality of the opponent (with six of those seven wins coming against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers) than a real improvement in the Royals, but they should at least enter this series with some confidence.
Royals at Braves Betting Total
Tuesday night’s total is set at nine runs. The OVER is 6-1 in Atlanta’s last six home games against Kansas City.
The short series wraps up on Wednesday night with a pitching matchup of Brad Keller vs. Julio Teheran. The Braves are 11-3 in Teheran’s last 14 starts.
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