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Royals Quickly Becoming An UNDER Machine

The Kansas City Royals are an under bettors dream this season. The Royals are dead last in the MLB in runs while sporting the fifth-best collective ERA in the majors. Kansas City, who has gone UNDER in six-straight, will open a four-game series with the Texas Rangers in Arlington Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Mike Napoli is 4-for-5 with 2 home runs in his career against Danny Duffy.
  • The Royals are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games against the Rangers.
  • The visiting team is 0-4 SU in the last 4 games between the Royals and Rangers.

Danny Duffy will take the bump for the fourth time this season for the Royals in the series opener. Through his first three starts, Duffy has gone 20.0 innings while allowing just four runs. The lefty pitched a gem in his one start against Texas last season, allowing one run in 6.2 innings of work.

Andrew Cashner will be making just his second start after he opened the year on the DL. The right-hander was flying in his first start and pitched five scoreless innings before giving up five in the sixth inning. This will also be a big night for Cashner, as the Texas native will take to Globe Life Park for the first time in his career.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Texas Rangers as 114 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 9 at shops such as Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.2-1.0 win for the Royals on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

5-10 Texas battles the Royals, currently with a 7-7 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Kansas City injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Texas Rangers rated this week at No. 18 and the Kansas City Royals sitting at No. 24.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Texas has baseball's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 7 hits per game. The Kansas City Royals average 7.21 hits per game, good for No. 27 on the list.

Defensively, Kansas City features the No. 24-rated defense on the road, allowing 5 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 at home, scoring 5.5 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Texas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Texas, Friday, April 21st