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Nick Tepesech out to silence Royals bats in MLB contest

Kansas City RoyalsTexas Rangers
June 1, 4:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers Odds

22-30TEAM RECORD34-20

Baseball bettors look for value at Rangers Ballpark on Saturday as host Texas battles the Kansas City Royals in baseball odds action.

The Rangers will turn to Nick Tepesech and his 3-4 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Royals send James Shields (2-6) to the hill.

View Kansas City vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Rangers as -118 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 10 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 4 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Royals, who rate an American League No. 7 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas' No. 6 ranked American League offense (4.8 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the American League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Rangers have been averaging 9.4 hits per game, more than the Royals have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).

Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5.3 runs per game.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 7-2 loser on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Texas at -220 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Wade Davis' start, as they lost 7-2 against Texas on Friday at Rangers Ballpark.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Texas are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 8-2
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Royals at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games on the road
Kansas City is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Texas is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Texas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas' last 14 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at Texas, Sunday, June 2