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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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 +122||O 5.5 -110||-117|
|Minnesota||+1.5 -143||U 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.
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:
Kansas City has had its best winning percentages against these three franchises:
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:
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.
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:
As far as individual markets go, you can find futures at IA sportsbooks like:
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:
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:
|July 26-29||vs. Chicago White Sox|
|July 30-Aug. 1||at Toronto Blue Jays|
|Aug. 3-5||at Chicago White Sox|
|Aug. 6-8||at St. Louis Cardinals|
|Aug. 9-11||vs. New York Yankees|
|Aug. 13-15||vs. St. Louis Cardinals|
|Aug. 16-19||vs. Houston Astros|
|Aug. 20-23||at Chicago Cubs|
|Aug. 23-25||at Houston Astros|
|Aug. 26-29||at Seattle Mariners|
|Aug. 31-Sept. 2||vs. Cleveland Indians|
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.
|Year||Batting average||Home runs||Runs batted in||Wins||Earned run average||Strikeouts issued|
|2020||Salvador Pérez, .333||Salvador Pérez, 11||Maikel Franco, 38||Brad Keller, 5||Kyle Zimmer, 1.57||Brady Singer, 61|
|2019||Whit Merrifield, .302||Jorge Soler, 48||Jorge Soler, 117||Jakob Junis, 9||Ian Kennedy, 3.41||Jakob Junis, 164|
|2018||Jon Jay, .307||Salvador Pérez, 27||Salvador Pérez, 80||Jakob Junis and Brad Keller, 9||Brad Keller, 3.08||Jakob Junis, 164|
|2017||Eric Hosmer, .318||Mike Moustakas, 38||Eric Hosmer, 94||Jason Vargas, 18||Mike Minor, 2.55||Jason Hammel, 145|
|2016||Paulo Orlando, .302||Eric Hosmer, 25||Eric Hosmer, 104||Ian Kennedy and Yordano Ventura, 11||Wade Davis, 1.87||Danny Duffy, 188|
|1||Bobby Witt Jr.||Shortstop||20|
|2||Daniel Lynch||Left-handed pitcher||24|
|3||Asa Lacy||Left-handed pitcher||21|
|4||Jackson Kowar||Right-handed pitcher||24|
|8||Jonathan Bowlan||Right-handed pitcher||24|
|9||Nick Pratto||First base||22|
|10||Austin Cox||Left-handed pitcher||24|
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:
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:
|Name||Tenure||Record (w/the Royals)|
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.