Bettors on Royals, Under in AL Wild Card clash – 09-30-2014



The Major League Baseball postseason is officially
here, as the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals kick things
off Tuesday in the AL Wild Card game.

Only one team will move on to the American League Division
Series, but which side are the majority of bettors on?
According to, it’s
the home team in blue and white.

“We’re seeing 69 percent of all moneyline wagers on Kansas
City, as well as 79 percent of all spread wagers on the
Royals +1.5 (-190),” said Brad Kennedy, an oddsmaker for the

The Royals snapped an ugly 29-year playoff drought this
season (the longest playoff absence in the league), and are
entering unfamiliar territory ahead of the matchup. The A’s,
on the other hand, are no strangers to the postseason, but
faltered in the last quarter of the 2014 campaign after
looking like a lock to capture the AL West for the majority
of the season.
currently has the total for the matchup at a microscopic 6.5,
which is not much of a surprise considering the star power on
the mound. Ace James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) gets the nod
for the Royals, while the A’s counter with newly acquired
three-time All-Star pitcher Jon Lester (6-4, 2.35 ERA in 11
starts with Oakland).

Because of the high-profile pitching matchup, the sportsbook
has seen heavy action on the Under.

“The total opened at 6.5 and we were seeing 75 percent of the
total being placed on the Under,” said Kennedy.


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