Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/3/14
Texas Rangers (53-85) at Kansas City Royals (76-61)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Nick Tepesech (R) (4-7) (4.362) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (10-7) (3.437)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -180 / Texas Rangers +170 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, FSN-KC
The Kansas City Royals look to sweep the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
The Texas Rangers have lost six of their last eight games and are 32 games below a .500 record. As usual, the Rangers pitching staff absolutely sucks, allowing four or more runs in 13 of their last 19 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.69, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, 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. Nick Tepesch takes the hill, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.44 ERA and has 47 strikeouts in 97.1 innings. Tepesch is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in two career starts against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals have won four of their last seven games and are 15 games above .500. The Royals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. Overall, the Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.56, which is 11th in the majors, and they’ve won 15 of their last 17 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Omar Infante has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Salvador Perez has four RBIs in this series. Starting is Jason Vargas, who is 10-7 with a 3.27 ERA and has 107 strikeouts in 162.1 innings. Vargas is 4-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 20 career games against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-4 in Tepeschs last 5 road starts and 4-1 in Tepeschs last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Royals are 5-2 in Vargas' last 7 starts as a favorite and 2-6 in Vargas' last 8 starts during game 3 of a series.
What's been the trend all season? Fade the Rangers and you'll be rich. Nothing has changed here.