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Thursday, March 10, 2016

MLB : Diamondbacks-Royals in Cactus League Action

After winning their first World Series in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals went into spring training at +1400 to defend their title. Are they a bargain? We'll get a sense of what's in store for 2016 when the Royals “host” the Arizona Diamondbacks this Friday (3:05 PM ET) in Cactus League play.

The Royals (4-6 preseason) bring back most of their top position players and relief pitchers from last year, but the starting rotation is suspect with Jason Vargas on the shelf following Tommy John surgery, and Johnny Cueto defecting to the San Francisco Giants. Their farm system is also depleted after back-to-back runs at the World Series; that shouldn't be too problematic during the regular season, but it limits what the Royals can do this spring.

Arizona (5-3 preseason, +2500 to win the title) upgraded its rotation by adding Zach Greinke and Shelby Miller, and Patrick Corbin should be back to 100% this year after his own recovery from Tommy John surgery. The Snakes have a strong batting order, but their mediocre bullpen could cap their progress, and the farm system is also suspect. There should still be plenty of betting value in the desert this year.

MLB : Diamondbacks-Royals in Cactus League Action

MLB : Rebuilt Diamondbacks Host World Champion Royals
Two teams heading in different directions will meet this Friday when the Kansas City Royals (4-6 preseason) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (5-3 preseason) in Cactus League action. First pitch from Surprise Stadium is at 3:05 PM ET. Friday's weather calls for mostly sunny skies  and temperatures in the high 80s.

The Royals have lost a handful of key players from last year's World Series winners, including Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, leaving them at +1400 to defend their title. Conversely, the Diamondbacks (+2800) have strengthened their starting rotation considerably with the addition of Zach Greinke and Shelby Miller.

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