The Kansas City Royals took a leap forward in 2020. After two seasons with fewer than 60 wins, they went 26-34 in the shortened season, putting them on a 70-win pace. In 2021, the oddsmakers expect the Royals to take another stride, albeit a smaller one, as they are projected for 73.5 wins. What side of that line should you come down on? Let’s take a look at the best betting option for the Royals’ win total line on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Kansas City Royals Under 73.5 wins (-112)
KC has a decent lineup that includes Whit Merrifield, Aldaberto Mondesi, Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler. Andrew Benintendi should be an upgrade, offensively, from the retired Alex Gordon. The problem here, however, is the pitching staff. Although I like Brady Singer, the Royals did little to strengthen the rotation during the offseason. Their only move of consequence was signing 33-year-old Mike Minor, who was fairly dreadful in 2020. They also re-upped with closer Greg Holland, who was fantastic in the shortened season but is 35. Even with the Indians trading away stars and trying to save money at every turn, the Royals should be no better than fourth in the American League Central, and the Tigers might pass them if their high-upside pitching prospects mature quickly. I could see the Royals notching 70 victories, but I wouldn’t bet beyond that.
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