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Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/22/14

Kansas City Royals (70-56) at Texas Rangers (49-77)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Yordano Ventura (R) (8-9) (3.522) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (8-10) (5.518)

The Line: Texas Rangers +140 / Kansas City Royals -150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-KC, TXA-21

The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Kansas City Royals are 15-4 in the month of August and 14 games above .500. The Royals continue to get terrific production on both ends of the field, including their offense which has produced four or more runs in 12 of their last 17 games. The Royals have won 16 straight when scoring more than three runs. Alex Gordon has homered twice in his last four games and Billy Butler has hit in eight of his last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.56, which is 11th in the majors. Yordano Ventura gets the ball, and he’s 9-9 with a 3.48 ERA and has 119 strikeouts in 139.2 innings. This will be Ventura’s first career game against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/22/14

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The Texas Rangers have lost five of their last seven games and 28 games below .500. The issue hasn’t changed for the Rangers all season as their pitching staff simply blows, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.77, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 17 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adria Beltre has five hits in his last three games and Elvis Andrus has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Colby Lewis, who is 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA and has 103 strikeouts in 122.1 innings. Lewis is 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA in five career games against the Royals.

The Royals are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 4-1 in Ventura's last 5 starts. The Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 home games and 2-5 in Lewis' last 7 starts. The Royals are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Texas.

We have the hottest team in the league against one of the worst teams in all of baseball. I don't love the juice, but it may be worth laying an extra few dollars to turn a profit in this spot. 

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