Moneyline favors Rangers in battle with Royals
Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Odds
Kansas City will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Kauffman Stadium.
It's a pitching duel between Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals (3-10 on the year) and Matt Harrison for Texas (12-6 so far).
Baseball odds makers opened the Royals as +150 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.5.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Royals at No. 8 in the American League and the Rangers at No. 2 in the American League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 2 ranking for hits in the American League at 9.4 per game. By contrast, the Rangers are rated No. 1 in the same category at 9.7 per game.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Texas, they were a 15-9 winner as they battled the Angels at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -118 were rewarded, while the 24 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating C.J. Wilson and the Angels 15-9 on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark.
The Royals were a 7-6 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -139 on the moneyline, while the total score (13) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City won a close affair on Thursday in their last outing, defeating Cleveland 7-6 in extra innings at Kauffman Stadium.
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing LA Angels are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 3-7
A few Rangers at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Texas' last 17 games on the road
Texas is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Texas' last 23 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Texas
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas
Texas at Kansas City, Saturday, August 4