MLB Picks: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals

The Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35) and Kansas City Royals (39-36) will open up a MLB interleague series Monday night at Kaufmann Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 

The Kansas City Royals have lost four games in a row
The Kansas City Royals have lost four games in a row

Los Angeles has won five of its last six games, including a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres as -160 road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.  The Dodgers will likely use a revolving door at the designated hitter spot due to playing in a AL ballpark, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez batting .248 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 40 career games in that situation.  Los Angeles is 6-4 as road favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the UNDER going 6-3-1 in those 10 opportunities.

Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (9-3, 2.57 ERA) snapped a personal two-game losing streak last time out, as he allowed a single run and six hits over six innings of work in a 4-2 home victory over the Colorado Rockies.  The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA in eight road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .266 against him.  Greinke has allowed two earned runs over 15.1 innings of work in two career games versus the Royals.

Kansas City has lost four games in a row due to scoring just eight runs over that span, as it looks to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Mariners as -140 home favorites Sunday.  After leading the American League in one-run victories last year with a 31-25 mark, the Royals are 8-15 in such games during the 2014 campaign.  Kansas City is 2-7 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the OVER going 5-3-1 in those nine circumstances.

Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 3.86 ERA) has won back-to-back trips to the mound, including a 2-1 road victory over the Detroit Tigers last time out, as he surrendered a single run and four hits over 6.2 innings of work.  The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.66 ERA in seven home outings—allowing four home runs in 46.2 combined frames.  Guthrie has never faced the Dodgers in his career, but Gonzalez has four hits off him in 13 at-bats.

Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 22-15 record when playing away from Dodger Stadium.

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