Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers Free MLB Picks - Betting Lines

April 20, 8:05 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Royals -115 / Rangers +105

The 7-7 Kansas City Royals travel to take on the 5-10 Texas Rangers in the first game of a four-game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas tonight. The first pitch at Globe Life Park in Arlington is scheduled for 8:05 PM ET. The oddsmaker has posted the Royals as a slight -115 road favorite on the ML with the total for this match set at 9 runs.

In their last game the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0. The Royals two scored two runs on 10 hits and held the Giants scoreless on four hits. Jason Vargas got the win for Kansas City pitching seven scores innings and only giving up four hits.

In their last game the Rangers lost to the Oakland A’s 9-1. In the game the Rangers only scored one run on three hits and the A’s scored nine runs on 14 hits.

This season the Royals rank 30th in the Majors in runs scored and 5th in team ERA.

The Rangers rank 5th in the Majors in runs scored and 26th in team ERA.


Pitching Match Up

Kansas City: Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.80 ERA)
Texas: Andrew Cashner (0-1, 5.06 ERA)

Danny Duffy gets the nod for the Royals in the first game of this series and in his last outing he pitched a gem going seven innings only giving up one earned run in a 7-1 win over the L.A. Angels. Kansas City has won his last two starts and in three starts this season he has gone 20 innings and has given up four earned runs. In four career starts facing Texas Duffy is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.31. The Royals have only won three of Duffy’s last10 starts and have only won one of his last five road starts.

Andrew Cashner goes for the Rangers tonight and his start was his first of the season where he went five innings and gave up three earned runs in a 5-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners. He began the season on the DL and this is only his 2nd start for the Rangers, and in the AL overall, as he has spent his career with the Cubs, Padres, and Marlins.

Betting Angles

The Rangers are 6-0 in their last 6 games against the Royals.

The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games against the Royals.

In the last 27 games between these teams the Under record is 19-4-4.

In the last 6 games between these teams in Texas the Under record is 4-1-1.

This season the Rangers are 2-4 at home and the Royals are 2-4 on the road.

Straight Up / Over/Under / Run Line Records

Kansas City Royals: 7-7 SU / O/U 4-8 / Run Line W/L 8-6
Texas Rangers: 5-10 SU / O/U 8-7 / Run Line W/L 8-7

Kansas City at Texas Key Betting Trends

  • KC is 5-1 in their last 6 overall
  • KC is 1-7 in their last 8 road games vs. a right-handed starter
  • KC has an Under record of 6-0 in their last 6 games
  • TEX is 1-5 in their last 6 overall
  • TEX is 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter
  • TEX has an Under record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter

Key Player Injuries

[P] 03/31/2017 - Brian Flynn 60-day DL ( Ribs )
[LF] 04/02/2017 - Jorge Soler 10-day DL (3/30) ( Oblique )
[3B] 04/02/2017 - Hunter Dozier 60-day DL (4/2) ( Oblique )

(!)[3B] 04/01/2017 - Adrian Beltre 10-day DL (3/30) ( Calf )
[C] 03/31/2017 - Brett Nicholas 10-day DL (3/30) ( Knee )
[P] 04/01/2017 - Chi Chi Gonzalez 60-day DL ( Elbow )
[P] 04/01/2017 - Tanner Schepper 10-day DL (3/30) ( Abdominal )
[P] 03/31/2017 - Jake Diekman 60-day DL (2/14) ( Intestinal )
[SS] 04/03/2017 - Hanser Alberto 10-day DL (3/30) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/03/2017 - Tyson Ross 10-day DL (3/30) ( Undisclosed )
[P] 04/17/2017 - Sam Dyson 10-day DL (04/16) ( Hand )

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers Prediction

After a bad start the Royals have gotten back on track and with their last win got to .500. The reason they are winning is their pitching, which has only given up a total of six runs in their last seven games and in their last three games they have two shutouts. They have needed good pitching, as they have struggled at the plate all season and rank dead last in the Majors in runs scored. In their last seven games they have only scored a total of 17 runs and seven came in one game. The Rangers have lost two straight and five of their last six games and in their last two games they have only totaled three runs. Their lineup will struggle again facing Duffy, who has been solid on the season. KC may not score a lot of runs, but they will not need to, as they will win another low scoring affair taking the first game of this AL series.

Free Pick: 
Take the Royals -115

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