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Baseball Matchup - Kansas City Royals Texas Rangers Odds Preview

Texas RangersKansas City Royals
Sep 3, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Kansas City and Texas on Monday, with the host Royals trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Yu Darvish, with a record of 13-9 on the season, gets the ball for the Rangers, while the Royals trot Bruce Chen to the mound in this one. He is 10-10 so far in 2012.

View Texas vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rangers were listed as 140 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 9 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Royals) and the No. 2 (Rangers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 12-ranked scoring average of 4.2 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 1 and scoring 5.2 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 9.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (9.7 per nine innings).

Kansas City owns the American League's No. 10 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 7-rated defense.

In their last action, Texas was an 8-3 winner on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Texas at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Texas looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Indians, an 8-3 final on Sunday in support of Derek Holland at Progressive Field.

Kansas City won its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Twins on September 2. Bettors who backed the Royals at -147 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Esmerling Vasquez and the Twins 6-4 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Rangers at Royals trends to consider:
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
Texas is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing Kansas City
Texas is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Kansas City is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing at home against Texas

Next up:
Texas at Kansas City, Tuesday, September 4