Rangers at Royals - 7/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (55-41) at Kansas City Royals (47-47)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Y Darvish (2-1) (3.15) vs. D Duffy (5-1) (3.27)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / Texas Rangers +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series late Friday night.
The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Rangers have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.51 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond leads Texas with 120 hits, Rougned Odor has 48 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 13 home runs. Yu Darvish gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals also need a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Royals have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 16 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.28 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 106 hits, Alcides Escobar has 23 RBI and Salvador Perez has 14 home runs. Danny Duffy takes the hill, and he’s 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League Central and 0-4 in Darvishs last 4 road starts. The Royals are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 25-9 in Duffys last 34 home starts. The Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
It's hard to back either one of these teams with the way they've been playing the last few weeks and the pitching staffs are getting rocked. However, Darvish has been solid in his limited action this season. I have to side with Texas here given the pitching advantage.