Royals vs. Rangers - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (55-42) at Kansas City Royals (48-47)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C Hamels (10-2) (3.00) vs. Y Ventura (6-7) (4.97)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +114 / Texas Rangers -124 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals play game two of their series Saturday night on FS1.
The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Rangers have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four of their last seven 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 49 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 13 home runs. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he’s 10-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. This will be Hamels’ second career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look for consistency after splitting their last six games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in three of their last six games. The Kansas City Royals offense has been hit or miss, and they've won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads kansas City with 106 hits, Alcides Escobar has 23 RBI and Salvador Perez has 14 home runs. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 4.97 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 38-16 in their last 54 during game 2 of a series and 25-6 in Hamels' last 31 starts. The Royals are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 24-9 in Venturas last 33 home starts. The Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
I don't care who is pitching for the Rangers, this team is in a major slump and is losing major ground in the standings. Even with Hamels on the hill, I'll gladly take the plus money and the home team.