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Kansas City sends Luke Hochevar vs Derek Holland in Royals vs Rangers game

Texas RangersKansas City Royals
May 19, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Odds

23-20TEAM RECORD20-22

Kansas City will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Kauffman Stadium.

Derek Holland gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rangers on this day; he's 3-1 on the season. The Royals, meanwhile, will counter with Luke Hochevar, who will be looking to improve on his 3-4 mark.

View Texas vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Kansas City opened as -110 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Royals rated this week at No. 10 and the Rangers sitting at No. 3.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 4 ranked American League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 6 in the American League at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, more than the Rangers have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

Defensively, Texas features the American League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.3 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the American League at home, scoring 5 runs per game.

The Rangers were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -123 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors. Texas won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Kansas City 5-4 in extra innings at Kauffman Stadium.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-4
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 2-8
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rangers at Royals trends to consider:
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Texas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Texas
Kansas City is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Texas
Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Philadelphia, Friday, May 20
Kansas City home to St. Louis, Friday, May 20