Royals vs. Rangers - 6/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (27-26) at Kansas City Royals (30-20)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0) (0.00) vs. E Volquez (4-3) (2.95)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -156 / Texas Rangers +146 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, FSN-KC
The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Rangers have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Rangers have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 77 hits and 40 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus have combined for 45 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last eight road games. Chi Chi Gonzalez gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts this season. This will be Gonzalez’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Royals have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Royals have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Kendrys Morales and Mike Moustakas have combined for 118 hits and 55 RBI while Eric Hosmer has 33 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have won six of their last nine home games. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 9-1 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter and 9-3 in their last 12 games as an underdog. The Royals are 37-15 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in Volquezs last 5 starts. The Rangers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas City and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.
While the Royals are in a slump, they've played their best ball on their home field. Also, I have more confidence in Volquez than Gonzalez. I like KC to get back on track.