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Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

Kansas City Royals (71-56) at Texas Rangers (49-78)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Jeremy Guthrie (R) (9-10) (4.424) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (4-6) (4.066)

The Line: Texas Rangers +128 / Kansas City Royals -138 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB Net, FSN-KC, FSN-SW

The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers play Saturday night at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Kansas City Royals are 16-4 in the month of August and 15 games above .500. While both sides of the ball have been playing well, the Royals have produced six of more runs in six of their last eight games. The Royals have won 17 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Billy Butler has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Mike Moustakas has five hits in his last three games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.56, which is 10th in the majors. Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill, and he’s 9-10 with a 4.48 ERA and has 105 strikeouts in 158.2 innings. Guthrie is 4-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 15 career games against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

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The Texas Rangers have lost six of their last eight games and are 29 games below .500. The Rangers pitching staff continues to blow, allowing four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.77, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 18 of their last 19 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has a hit in eight of his last nine games. Starting is Nick Tepesch, who is 4-7 with a 4.15 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. This is Tepesch’s second career game against the Royals.

The Royals are 5-2 in Guthries last 7 road starts and 4-1 in Guthries last 5 starts overall. The Rangers are 2-8 in Tepeschs last 10 starts during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Tepeschs last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. 

What's been the trend all season? Oh yeah, pick against the Rangers. Keep riding that money tran until the end of the season. 

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Kansas City Royals -138

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