Rangers vs. Royals - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (49-52) at Texas Rangers (59-44)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
E Volquez (8-8) (4.63) vs. A Griffin (3-1) (4.06)
The Line: Texas Rangers -137 / Kansas City Royals +127 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers play game two of their series Friday night.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Royals have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.36 and have lost seven of their last nine 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. Edinson Volquez gets the nod, and he’s 8-8 with a 4.56 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.45 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 52 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 16 home runs. A.J. Griffin takes the hill, and he’s 3-1 with a 4.06 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Griffin is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 in Volquezs last 7 road starts. The Rangers are 36-15 in their last 51 during game 2 of a series and 7-3 in Griffins last 10 starts. The under is 16-5-5 in the last 26 meetings.
I still don't trust either of these teams in their current form, as they both look like clubs that are falling apart before our eyes. The one constant is that the pitching staffs love giving up runs. So, if I had to pick, you can give me the over.