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Rangers vs. Royals - 7/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (49-51) at Texas Rangers (58-44)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Y Ventura (6-8) (4.99) vs. C Hamels (11-2) (2.87)

The Line: Texas Rangers -169 / Kansas City Royals +159 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSKC/FSSW

The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers begin a four-game series Thursday night.

The Kansas City Royals haven’t won back-to-back games since June 29-30. The Royals have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.36 and have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 108 hits, Alcides Escobar has 25 RBI and Salvador Perez has 15 home runs. Yordano Ventura gets the nod, and he’s 6-8 with a 4.99 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

Rangers vs. Royals - 7/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Rangers have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.43 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond leads Texas with 124 hits, Rougned Odor has 51 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 16 home runs. Cole Hamels takes the hill, and he’s 11-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 6-18 in their last 24 road games and 0-5 in Venturas last 5 starts. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 26-6 in Hamels' last 32 starts. The under is 16-5-5 in the last 26 meetings.

We have two teams struggling big time in the second half and better turn things around quickly or this season could be over before you know it. I don't trust either side much, but it's hard to argue with what Hamels has done this season. Give me the Rangers at home.

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Texas Rangers -169

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