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MLB betting line favors Rangers over Royals

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May 31, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers Odds

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The Kansas City Royals will look to grab a road win when they take on the Rangers in Texas at Rangers Ballpark on Friday in baseball odds action.

Wade Davis gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 3-4 on the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with Derek Holland, who will be looking to improve on his 4-2 mark.

View Kansas City vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Texas sat as -177 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 10, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers sit at No. 4 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Royals sit at an American League No. 7 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Texas and its American League No. 7-rated batting order, averaging 4.7 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 12 lineup of the Royals at 4 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on Kansas City at +160 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Royals enjoyed a 4-2 victory at the expense of the Cardinals on Thursday, with Jeremy Guthrie throwing 6 innings of 8-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 9-5 winner as they battled the Diamondbacks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -141 were rewarded, while the 14 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Brandon McCarthy and the Diamondbacks 9-5 on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Kansas City are 8-2
After playing Arizona are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Royals at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas
Kansas City is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Texas is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Texas, Saturday, June 1

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