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Rangers visit Kansas City Royals in MLB clash

Texas Rangers

Kansas City Royals
83-69 September 20, 2013, 08:10 PM | Kauffman Stadium 80-72

Kauffman Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the Kansas City Royals and the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday.

It's a pitching duel between Ervin Santana for the Royals (9-9 on the year) and Martin Perez for Texas (9-5 so far).

View Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Odds and Stats.

Those going with the Royals in this one found them listed as moneyline Favorite of -124 at TopBet for Friday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

The Royals sit at No. 6 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rangers sit at No. 21 on the same chart.

Texas won its last outing, an 8-2 result against the Rays on September 19. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -116 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Matt Moore and the Rays 8-2 on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

The Royals were a 7-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -101 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City rolled to a 7-2 win against Cleveland on Wednesday, as Bruce Chen and the Royals' bats led the team to victory at Kauffman Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has baseball's No. 18-rated offensive output, at 8.98 hits per game. The Rangers average 9.02 hits per game, good for No. 8 on the list.

Texas brings the No. 10-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals's No. 5-ranked defense.

A few Rangers at Royals trends to consider:
Texas is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 9 games
Texas is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 8 games on the road
Kansas City is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Kansas City, Saturday, September 21st