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Royals open as moneyline underdog vs Rangers

Texas RangersKansas City Royals
May 18, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The Royals get a visit from the Texas Rangers in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Texas puts its faith in starter Alexi Ogando to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 4-0. Getting the ball for the Royals is Luke Hochevar, who owns a 3-4 record on the season with a 4.87 ERA.

View Texas vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rangers were listed as 130 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Royals, most recently No. 10 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Rangers, who rate an American League No. 3 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has the American League's No. 3-rated offensive output, at 8.8 hits per game. The Rangers average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the American League list.

Kansas City owns the American League's No. 13 defense, allowing 4.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 6-rated defense.

In their last action, Texas was a 4-3 loser on the road against the White Sox. Bettors on Chicago at -139 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Texas suffered a 4-3 loss against Chicago on Tuesday, as Matt Harrison wasn't able to lead his team to victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Royals were a 7-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Sean O'Sullivan's start, as they lost 7-3 against Cleveland on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rangers at Royals trends to consider:
Texas is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 10 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 10 games when playing at home against Texas
Kansas City is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Texas
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Texas at Kansas City, Thursday, May 19

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