Kansas City Royals Odds

Most baseball analysts and sportsbooks don’t expect the Kansas City Royals to wear any crowns this season. Iowa sportsbooks have the Royals among the longest shots to win the American League pennant and the 2021 World Series. However, there are many more ways to bet on the Royals in Iowa.

These include run lines, totals bets, player and team futures and World Series odds on the Royals. With some great bonuses available at the legal Iowa sportsbooks, wagering can be a way to enhance the enjoyment of watching the Kansas City Royals.

Today’s Royals odds: Run line, World Series, AL Central

Our odds tool below makes it easy to find the latest spread, moneyline and totals odds for today’s game at multiple sportsbooks in Iowa. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and start making your bets.

Today’s Royals odds

AL Central division odds

Royals World Series odds

How to bet on Royals games in Iowa

Although you can place bets at brick-and-mortar sportsbooks inside Iowa casinos, online sportsbooks in Iowa are the most convenient. Most of the licensed operators in IA offer betting apps for Android and iOS devices. Here’s how to get started:

  • Download the sportsbook app: Click through on any of the sportsbook links on this page to go directly to the online sportsbook. Once there, you can register your account, claim your bonus and download the sportsbook app directly. You can also download the app right away and register via the app.
  • Register your account: You need to give the sportsbook a few pieces of identifying information so it can verify you are legally eligible to place wagers in Iowa. Usually, this includes your legal name, mailing address, birth date, email and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Claim free bets/bonus: Sportsbooks usually reserve their best promotions for new customers. These often come in free site credit, guarantees against lost wagers and first deposit matches.
  • Deposit funds: You will have to put some money into your account to place wagers. Sportsbooks sometimes have minimums of $5-$10. Maximums can vary from operator to operator, as well as the funding sources allowed. In Iowa, it’s illegal to deposit using a credit card.
  • Bet: You’re now ready to place your first wager on the Royals. It’s important always to play responsibly, which means setting a budget and sticking to it, not chasing your losses and being honest about your activity. Don’t forget to have fun!

Best Royals sports betting app

Whether you want to bet on the Royals regularly or a few times a year, FanDuel Sportsbook in Iowa has you covered. FanDuel’s convenient mobile app is an industry leader in IA because of its:

  • Competitive odds.
  • Easy to use.
  • Fast withdrawals and deposits.
  • Offers frequent promotions, including a great welcome bonus.
  • Many payment forms are accepted.
  • Wide variety of markets.

How did the Royals do last year?

In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Royals struggled, finishing at 26-34. Only the Detroit Tigers had a worse record in the AL Central. It’s manager Mike Matheny’s first season with the club, the team struggled to contain opposing offenses, with a team earned run average of 4.30. The team also had a run differential of -24 on the season.

Royals betting lines explained

When looking at the standard baseball betting markets for Royals games, you’ll typically see three types of wagers. These are the moneyline, run line and run total. Here’s an example from an Iowa sportsbook:

Kansas City-1.5 +122O 5.5 -110-117
Minnesota+1.5 -143U 5.5 -110+105

In this example, the run line bet is the first market reading from left to right. This bet works similar to the point spread in football. The first number is the line, which is the sportsbook’s predicted margin of victory for the Royals, who are the favorites here. If you took the Royals, you’d need them to win the game by at least two runs to win your bet. The second number is your payout if you did win.

Moving onto the next market, which is the run total for the game, it’s important to note that the line here represents the total runs for both teams in the contest. If you think the Royals and Minnesota Twins will combine for at least six runs in the game, you’d bet the over. If your handicapping tells you they’ll combine for five or fewer runs, though, you’d take the under. Again, the second number is your payout if you win.

Finally, we have the moneyline wager, which is a simple bet on which team will win the game.

Which teams do the Royals have the best or worst record against?

There are some teams that the Royals have struggled with and others that they have owned. Most of these series that lean heavily in the Royals’ or opposition’s favor are smaller samples. Additionally, most of these opponents are National League teams.

The Royals have had the least success against the following three teams:

  • Washington Nationals 5-13 (.278)
  • Chicago Cubs 11-17 (.393)
  • New York Yankees 207-309 (.401)

Kansas City has had its best winning percentages against these three franchises:

  • San Francisco Giants 15-8 (.652)
  • Cincinnati Reds 17-12 (.586)
  • Colorado Rockies 14-11 (.560)

Royals live betting

One of the most exciting ways to bet on Royals baseball is in-game wagering, aka, live betting. It refers to wagers on events that occur during the game instead of being decided by the game’s outcome. Examples of this include:

  • Whether the Royals will score a run in a particular half-inning.
  • The result of an individual plate appearance.
  • Whether the next pitch will be a ball or a strike.
  • The run line after the next inning ends.

Although you can do this at a retail sportsbook or on your computer, the best way to live bet is with a sports betting app. The odds in these markets can change quickly as the game moves along. Using a betting app allows you to stay on top of that movement along with the game action simultaneously. It also makes it easy to get your bet in before the opportunity expires.

Betting on Royals team/MVP player futures

Baseball betting comes with a significant volume of futures markets before and during each season. You can find these markets on individual Royals players and the team at IA sportsbooks. Royals team futures include:

  • Over/under on Kansas City’s regular-season win total.
  • Whether the Royals make the playoffs.
  • Kansas City to win the American League pennant.

As far as individual markets go, you can find futures at IA sportsbooks like:

  • Carlos Santana to lead MLB in home runs.
  • Salvador Pérez to win the AL MVP.
  • Mike Matheny to win AL Manager of the Year.

Successful futures wagering requires understanding how the markets work. This is where competitive markets like Iowa’s benefit bettors. It’s best to have accounts with multiple sportsbooks, so you can shop around for the best Royals odds.

Many futures bets can also be described as prop bets. You can find MLB prop bets for individual games in addition to these season-long props. Some examples are:

  • How many hits plus walks Hunter Dozier will record in the game.
  • A spread market for the first five innings of the game.
  • Total strikeouts for Danny Duffy in his start.

2021 Royals schedule

The Royals started the season against the Rangers on April 1 at home. They had a spectacular April, finishing the month leading the AL Central division in win percentage. You can check out the full 2021 schedule here or find the game for the current month below:

DateOpponent
July 26-29vs. Chicago White Sox
July 30-Aug. 1at Toronto Blue Jays
Aug. 3-5at Chicago White Sox
Aug. 6-8at St. Louis Cardinals
Aug. 9-11vs. New York Yankees
Aug. 13-15vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Aug. 16-19vs. Houston Astros
Aug. 20-23at Chicago Cubs
Aug. 23-25at Houston Astros
Aug. 26-29at Seattle Mariners
Aug. 31-Sept. 2vs. Cleveland Indians

Royals stats leaders

Readers should note that the 2020 season was shortened to just 60 regular-season games. To qualify for these leader statuses in non-pandemic years, position players must have recorded at least 100 at-bats and pitchers must have recorded at least 25 innings during the season in question.

YearBatting averageHome runsRuns batted inWinsEarned run averageStrikeouts issued
2020Salvador Pérez, .333Salvador Pérez, 11Maikel Franco, 38Brad Keller, 5Kyle Zimmer, 1.57Brady Singer, 61
2019Whit Merrifield, .302Jorge Soler, 48Jorge Soler, 117Jakob Junis, 9Ian Kennedy, 3.41Jakob Junis, 164
2018Jon Jay, .307Salvador Pérez, 27Salvador Pérez, 80Jakob Junis and Brad Keller, 9Brad Keller, 3.08Jakob Junis, 164
2017Eric Hosmer, .318Mike Moustakas, 38Eric Hosmer, 94Jason Vargas, 18Mike Minor, 2.55Jason Hammel, 145
2016Paulo Orlando, .302Eric Hosmer, 25Eric Hosmer, 104Ian Kennedy and Yordano Ventura, 11Wade Davis, 1.87Danny Duffy, 188

Royals top prospects

RankNamePositionAge
1Bobby Witt Jr.Shortstop20
2Daniel LynchLeft-handed pitcher24
3Asa LacyLeft-handed pitcher21
4Jackson KowarRight-handed pitcher24
5Kyle IsbelOutfield24
6Erick PenaOutfield18
7Nick LoftonShortstop22
8Jonathan BowlanRight-handed pitcher24
9Nick PrattoFirst base22
10Austin CoxLeft-handed pitcher24

Royals bench staff

Manager Mike Matheny’s staff consists of former players, long-time MLB coaching veterans, and the son of a former Royals manager. Currently, the list looks like this:

  • Bench Coach: Pedro Grifol
  • Hitting Coach: Terry Bradshaw
  • Pitching Coach: Cal Eldred
  • First-Base Coach: Rusty Kuntz
  • Third-Base Coach: Vance Wilson
  • Bullpen Coach: Larry Carter
  • Coach: John Mabry
  • Coach: Tony Peña Jr.

Recent Royals managers

Mike Matheny is currently in his third season at the helm of the Royals. It’s his second gig managing an MLB team, as he managed the cross-state rival St. Louis Cardinals for seven seasons. Matheny got the job when the franchise’s winningest manager retired, who had stabilized the position after years of frequent turnover. The list of Matheny’s five most recent predecessors includes:

NameTenureRecord (w/the Royals)
Ned Yost2010-19746-839
Trey Hillman2008-10152-207
Buddy Bell2005-07174-262
Bob Schaefer20055-12
Tony Peña2002-05198-285

Where do the Royals play?

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO, is probably best known for the waterfalls above much of the outfield wall. It’s an homage to the city’s legacy, as Kansas City, MO, is known as the City of Fountains.

  • Capacity: 37,903
  • Dimensions: Left field – 330′, left-center – 387′, center field – 410′, right-center – 387′, right field – 330′
  • Surface: Kentucky bluegrass
  • Ground Breaking: July 11, 1968
  • Opening Date: April 10, 1973
  • Construction Cost: $70 million
  • Other Events: Concerts

Royals broadcasters

Denny Matthews and Steve Physioc handle the English-language radio call for Royals games. Ryan Lefebrve and Steve Stewart also contribute to Royals Radio. Jose Muñoz handles the Spanish-language radio broadcasts. Other Bally Sports Kansas City television personalities for Royals games include Joel Goldberg, Rex Hudler, Lefebrve and Jeff Montgomery.

How can I stream or watch Royals games in Iowa?

Major League Baseball has national broadcast deals with Disney, Fox and Turner. Thus, you may find some Royals games on the ESPN networks, FOX, FS1, FS2 and/or TBS. If you have a cable or satellite subscription, you can stream those networks with ESPN+, FoxSportsGo and/or your provider’s app.

Unfortunately for Iowans, MLB considers the Royals in-market, so you can’t stream Royals games live with an MLB.TV subscription. You can, however, stream them on an archived basis, which means 90 minutes after games conclude.

Bally Sports Kansas City carries local broadcasts of all games that aren’t on national TV. Some cable and satellite providers in IA carry the channel and you can find it according to your provider here. With that cable/satellite subscription, you can stream Royals games live using the Bally Sports app. As far as radio broadcasts go, Royals Radio affiliates in IA include:

  • KCHE-AM 1440 out of Cherokee
  • KDSN-AM 1530 out of Denison
  • KMA-AM 960 out of Shenandoah

Kansas City Royals FAQ

What team used to play in Kansas City?

The current Oakland Athletics played in Kansas City under the same nickname from 1955-67. That followed over half-a-century playing in Philadelphia, again, under the Athletics name. The Royals came in as an expansion franchise in 1969, as part of the deal allowing the Athletics to relocate to northern California.

When did the Royals last win the World Series?

The Royals won their second World Series title in 2015, exactly three decades after winning their first. They defeated the New York Mets in five games. It was the bookend of consecutive World Series appearances for the franchise. Kansas City lost the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants in seven games. In 1985, the famous “I-70 Series,” they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

Who owns the Kansas City Royals?

In 2019, John Sherman became the Royals’ principal owner, as part of a group that bought the franchise from the Glass family. David Glass was the head man in the 2000 purchase of the team from the original owners, the Ewing Kauffman estate. Among current minority owners are Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, actor Eric Stonestreet and Dan Dees, the co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs.

Can I go to Kauffman Stadium in 2021?

The Royals are selling a limited number of tickets for home games in 2021, in accordance with governmental and league guidelines. This can be a fluid situation that may change from game to game. Additionally, the franchise still stresses the wearing of face coverings and social distancing.

What is the Royals' mascot?

Slugerrr is a costumed performer, made to look like an anthropomorphic lion. The mascot first appeared on April 5, 1996. In addition to Royals games, Slugerrr makes many appearances in the community.

What is the 'Pine Tar Incident?'

On July 24, 1983, the Royals were visiting the New York Yankees. In the top of the ninth inning with one on, two out and Kansas City down 4-3, George Brett stepped up to the plate. He hit a two-run homer off of Goose Gossage, seemingly giving the Royals a 5-4 lead. However, New York manager Billy Martin alerted the umpires to the amount of pine tar on Brett’s bat. The umpires inspected the bat, ruled Brett had used more than the legal limit and called Brett out. Brett ran onto the field from the Royals’ dugout, causing him to be ejected. The Yankees went on to win the game that day, or so they thought. Kansas City filed a protest with the league, which the league granted. The two teams met again on Aug. 18 of that year to complete the game as though Brett’s home run stood. The Royals officially won the suspended game in the record books.

Which three Royals pitchers have won Cy Young awards?

In their 50-plus seasons in MLB, the Royals have had a solid amount of quality arms. Brett Saberhagen became the first Kansas City Royal to win an American League Cy Young award in 1985. He recorded 158 strikeouts and posted a 2.87 earned run average that season. Saberhagen would win the award again in 1989.

David Cone would claim this award again in 1994. His 2.94 ERA and 132 strikeouts set a precedent that all other Royals pitchers would struggle to reach for years.

That was, until a young Zack Greinke once again dazzled the faithful at The K, winning the 2009 AL Cy Young with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts.