Texas Rangers (0-1) at Kansas City Royals (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 2:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Kohei Arihara (0-0) (0.00) vs. Mike Minor (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -160 / Texas Rangers +148 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals meet Saturday in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium.
This will be game two in a weekend set featuring these teams. In the Opening Day matchup on Thursday, the Royals powered out a wild 14-10 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Rangers offense fought valiantly in the Thursday opener, scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Texas coughed up four runs in the final two frames on the way to the loss, however. Leading the offense was Nate Lowe with two hits and four RBI in six at-bats.
For the Saturday starting pitcher role, Texas will be sending out Kohei Arihara. This game will mark Arihara’s Major League debut. He’s spent the last six years of his career in the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan, carrying a 3.74 ERA.
Over on the Royals’ side, they had to scramble to keep up with the Rangers in the Thursday game, but ultimately didn’t have much trouble scoring runs. Jorge Soler had twos across the board with two hits, two runs, two walks and two RBI in two at-bats for KC.
Coming in for the Royals start on Saturday will be Mike Minor. Last year Minor played a total of 12 games for the Rangers and Athletics, notching a 1-6 record in that stretch. He last played for the Royals back in 2017, posting a 2.55 ERA in 65 games.
The Rangers are 12-30 in their last 42 overall and 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games. Texas is 16-41 in their last 57 road games and 7-19 in their last 26 versus a left-handed starter.
Meanwhile, Kansas City is 5-1 in their last six overall and 5-1 in their last six home games. The under is 4-0 in the Royals’ last four in game two of a series and 6-2 in their last eight Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Royals again here. The Kansas City bats were working overtime on Thursday, and five players had at least two hits. It will be interesting to see what Minor looks like in a Royals uniform again, and Arihara’s MLB debut will be fun to see as well. Ultimately however, I like KC better on the win. Should be another entertaining game.