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Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/2/14

Texas Rangers (53-83) at Kansas City Royals (74-61)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Derek Holland (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (10-10) (4.378)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -165 / Texas Rangers +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, FSN-KC

The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals play Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Texas Rangers have lost five of their last seven games and are 31 games below a .500 record. While the Rangers pitching staff has been killed all season, it’s their offense that has been held to three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games. The Rangers have lost five straight when scoring three or fewer runs. Adrian Beltre has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Alex Rios has six extra base hits in his last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.69, which is 29th in the majors. Derek Holland makes his first start of the season in this game after going 10-9 last season with an ERA of 3.42. Holland is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in seven career games against the Royals.

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/2/14

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The Kansas City Royals have split their last six games and 14 games above .500. The Royals pitching staff continues to carry the way, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.57, which is 12th in the majors, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Alex Gordon has homered four times in his last 10 games and Omar Infante has hit in seven of his last nine games. Starting is Jeremy Guthrie, who is 10-10 with a 4.43 ERA and has 112 strikeouts in 172.2 innings. Guthrie is 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA in 16 career games against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 13-5 in Hollands last 18 road starts and 7-3 in Hollands last 10 starts as an underdog. The Royals are 4-1 in Guthries last 5 starts as a favorite and 5-2 in Guthries last 7 starts overall.

Picking against the Rangers has been the theme all season, and there's no way I'm picking them with a pitcher making his first start of the year. Keep fading Texas will make you rich. 

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