Kansas City Royals Odds

Iowa bets on the Kansas City Royals are a great way to spend a summer night. And KC (39-57) has a little momentum back. Unfortunately, they may still use their current position to trade away some veterans in 2022 and build up the farm system for better seasons ahead.

Iowa sportsbooks offer 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.

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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?

The Royals struggled, finishing at 74-88 in 2021. Only the Minnesota Twins had a worse record in the AL Central. It’s manager Mike Matheny’s second season with the club.

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.

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:

  • Bobby Witt Jr. to lead MLB in home runs.
  • Whit Merrifield to win lead the league in RBIs.
  • Andrew Benintendi to lead the league in batting average.

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 Benintendi will record in the game.
  • A spread market for the first five innings of the game.
  • Total strikeouts for Zack Greinke in his start.

2022 Royals schedule

The Royals started the season against the Rangers on April 7 at home and opened the season with a pair of wins. You can check out the full 2022 schedule here or find the game for the current month below:

DateOpponent
July 25-27LA Angels
July 28-31at NY Yankees
Aug. 1-3at Chicago White Sox
Aug. 4-7Boston Red Sox
Aug. 9-11Chicago White Sox
Aug. 12-14LA Dodgers
Aug. 15-17at Minnesota Twins
Aug. 18-21at Tampa Bay Rays

Royals stats leaders

Health and saftey protocols shortened the 2020 season, but teams played a full schedule a season ago. Even in a disappointing 2021 season, the Royals had plenty of bright spots.

YearBatting averageHome runsRuns batted inWinsEarned run averageStrikeouts issued
2021Nicky Lopez, .300Salvador Pérez, 48Salvador Pérez, 121Mike Minor, 8Gabe Speier, 1.17Mike Minor, 149
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
1Vinnie PasquantinoFirst base24
2Nick PrattoFirst base23
3Asa LacyLeft-handed pitcher23
4Nick LoftinShortstop23
5Frank MozzicatoLeft-handed pitcher19
6Jonathan BowlanRight-handed pitcher25
7Ben KudrnaRight-handed pitcher19
8Erick PeñaOutfield19
9Alec MarshRight-handed pitcher24
10Angel ZerpaLeft-handed pitcher22

Royals bench staff

Manager Mike Matheny’s staff just underwent a shakeup due to Kansas City’s slow start:

  • Bench Coach: Pedro Grifol
  • Senior Director for Player Development and Hitting Performance: Alec Zumwalt
  • Assistant Hitting Coach: Keoni De Renne
  • Special Assignment Hitting Coach: Mike Tosar
  • Pitching Coach: Cal Eldred
  • First-Base Coach: Damon Hollins
  • Third-Base Coach: Vance Wilson
  • Bullpen Coach: Larry Carter
  • Coach: Rusty Kuntz
  • Coach: John Mabry
  • Lead Strategist/Bullpen Catcher: Parker Morin
  • Strategist/Bullpen Catcher: Allan de San Miguel
  • Bullpen Catcher: Ryan Eigsti
  • Replay Coordinator: Bill Duplissea

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. 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

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 back to full capacity in 2022 so Kauffman Stadium should be a welcome environment. The team has a loyal following, even in down years.

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.