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Ervin Santana, Yu Darvish take mound in Rangers vs Royals tilt

Kansas City RoyalsTexas Rangers
June 2, 3:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers Odds

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The Texas Rangers battle the visiting Kansas City Royals on Sunday in MLB betting action at Rangers Ballpark.

It's a pitching duel between Yu Darvish for the Rangers (7-2 on the year) and Ervin Santana for Kansas City (3-5 so far).

View Kansas City vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Texas sat as -240 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers - Royals odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 4 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 7 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.7 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 9.3 hits per game to date this season, more than the Royals hitters have managed (8.9 per nine innings).

Texas owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's American League No. 5-rated defense.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Kansas City at +109 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Kansas City needed extra innings to get the job done against the Rangers on Saturday as the Royals defeated them 4-1 at Rangers Ballpark.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Royals at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas
Kansas City is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games at home
Texas is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Texas is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home
Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to Minnesota, Tuesday, June 4
Texas at Boston, Tuesday, June 4