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Kansas City Royals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview 04/07/2013

The Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Citizens Bank Park in an interleague contest.

James Shields will be the starting pitcher for the Royals on this day. Righthander Shields is 0-1 this season with a 1.50 ERA.

The Phillies will counter Shields with Cole Hamels. Lefthander Hamels has a 9.00 ERA to go along with a 0-1 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Phillies listed as 154-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game's total is sitting at 7.
Kansas City lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Phillies on April 6. Bettors who backed the Phillies at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

TEAM RECORDS:
Kansas City: 2-3 SU
Philadelphia: 2-3 SU
KANSAS CITY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 3-4
After a loss are 3-7

PHILADELPHIA MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing NY Mets are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 5-2
After a win are 5-5


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
Kansas City is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
Philadelphia is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

NEXT UP:
Kansas City home to Minnesota, Monday, April 8
Philadelphia home to NY Mets, Monday, April 8