Kansas City Royals (16-33) vs Texas Rangers (20-31)Date : 05/26/2018
Time : 4:05 PM
Location : Globe Life Park in Arlington
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are set to return to Globe Life Park in Arlington for game 3 of their 4 game home set against American League foe in the Kansas City Royals, first pitch is slated for 4:05 PM ET. After this series, these two teams will not meet again until 6/18 when the Texas Rangers will head to Kansas City for a three-game series.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Kansas City Royals may still sit in last-place of the worst division in baseball but there are always positives to take out of a bad season, and the Royals may have already found their high point after winning their recent series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Royals were able to close out the final 2 games of their series with fabulous pitching as they outscored St. Louis 10-3. The Royals elected to start their young start Jakob Junis in what was his 10th start of the season, and the right-handed starter had a quality outing as he struck out 7 guys in 5 innings of work. Junis has been great this season as the 25-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.52 ERA but outside of Junis the rest of their starters need to get back on track as the other 5 guys have a 4-21 record and a 6.61 ERA. The relievers were great in Junis exit as the combination of Kevin McCarthy, Brad Keller, Blaine Boyer, and Kelvin Herrera pitched a 1 hitter in the remaining 5 innings. Kelvin Herrera may be one of the best relievers in the MLB as he has 10 saves and a .96 ERA but the Royals should see this as an opportunity to receive some more young prospects as the rebuild route is the way this struggling franchise should go. The Royals offensively received some production out of unlikely sources as backup catcher Drew Butera was able to record 2 RBIs in what is only his 9th RBI of the season. Butera has never been a big-time hitter like the other catcher Salvador Perez but his batting average of .175 is the worst on the team which is not what you want out of a 70 game player. The Royals were able to put these two solid wins together without the production of their best player as Mike Moustakas has only a .167 batting average in his last 7 games.
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
The Texas Rangers may be nowhere near contention in the AL West as they entered this series 13 games out of 1st place but Texas is coming off a really impressive home series against arguably the best team in the MLB as they beat the Yankees in 2 of the 3 matchups. Texas has been a bottom 10 offense all season long as injuries and inexperience has caused this team to suffer but in their 5/23 matchup against the New York Yankees, the Rangers looked like a different ballclub as they put up 12 runs on 11 hits. Although the Rangers put up all those runs only 4 guys were responsible for the offensive production as the combination of Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nomar Mazara, Jurickson Profar, and Ronald Guzman each had 3 RBIs apiece. Nomar Mazara was able to continue his hot start to the season as the 23-year-old went 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Mazara was able to connect on a ball in the bottom of the 4th inning to give him his 11th HR of the season which is good for 2nd place on the Rangers leaderboard. The pitchers for Texas were nothing to dream about as they had just as many problems as the Yankees pitchers. Doug Fister was slated to start in his 9th game of the season but this wasn’t his prettiest one as the right-handed veteran gave up 6 earned runs on 11 hits in only 4.1 innings of work. Doug Fister is only a couple of years removed from his 16-6 season in 2014 but he has not looked anything like his old self as the veteran has a 1-4 record. One positive for the Rangers was the production of their young closer Keone Kela who struck out all 3 guys he faced in what was his 10th save of the season.
How Kansas City Royals & Texas Rangers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Kansas City is 16-33, 9-15 on the road.
Texas is 20-31, 9-17 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Ian Kennedy (1-5, 5.30 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals vs. Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.51 ERA) for the Texas Rangers.
Kennedy last started on 5/21 against the Cardinals where he went 5.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 9 hits in a L.
Colon last started on 5/21 against the Yankees where he went 5.1 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits in a L.
Texas ranks in the top 15 in runs scored while Kansas City ranks in the bottom 10.
Texas and Kansas City both rank in the bottom 10 in team ERA.
Against The Spread Selection: Texas Rangers
My reason for the pick :
Both these teams are coming off some very impressive series wins but in the long run, the Royals are still easily one of the worst teams in the MLB as their pitching staff has been non-existent. One of those guys who has been nowhere to be found is Ian Kennedy and given the fact that the Rangers have been much better offensively especially in their home ballpark Kennedy could be strapped into a battle. Colon may have had a really bad outing last go around but in his defense, he did go against the top hitting team in the MLB in the New York Yankees and I fully expect the veteran to recover. Texas wins at home.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Kansas City is 1-5 against AL West opponents this season.
- The under is 22-16-2 with no rest this season.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Texas is 5-14 after a win this season.
- The over is 26-22-3 against American League opponents this season.