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Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (7-8) at Texas Rangers (6-10)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

N Karns (0-0) (4.38) vs. C Hamels (0-0) (3.50)

The Line: Texas Rangers -160 / Kansas City Royals +150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSKC, FSSW

The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Kansas City Royals look for a bounce back victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Royals didn’t score a single run in 13 innings Thursday, and Kansas City has now been held to three or less runs in five straight games. The Kansas City Royals are 4-7 this season when scoring three or less runs and 3-1 when scoring more than three runs. Lorenzo Cain leads the Royals with 18 hits and three RBI while Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas have combined for 32 hits and 15 RBI. Nathan Karns gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.38 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Karns is 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers look for back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. The Rangers have also had offensive issues lately, as Texas has produced a combined four runs in its last three games. The Texas Rangers are an offensive team but has scored three or less runs in seven of their first 16 games. Nomar Mazara leads Texas with 19 hits and 17 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor have combined for 31 hits and 12 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games, 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West. The Rangers are 46-22 in their last 68 during game 2 of a series, 18-5 in Hamels' last 23 home starts and 35-13 in Hamels' last 48 starts. The Royals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Texas, 0-6 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 19-4-4 in the last 27 meetings.

The Royals are having serious offensive issues right now and facing Hamels isn't what you want when struggling. Hamels has allowed three or less earned runs in all three of his starts and is getting a lot of ground balls. Karns has also been sharp in his first two starts, but he's more than hittable and some of these Rangers hitters have had success against him in a small sample size. I like the Rangers to win another game here. 

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