Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 15, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: Texas Rangers -135 / Kansas City Royals +115 -- Over/Under: 9
The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Texas Rangers could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rangers have allowed 37 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have lost 12 of their last 14 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 51 hits and 26 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 73 hits and 36 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals also need a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Royals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 51 hits and 20 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 89 hits and 58 RBI. Jorge Lopez gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 17-39 in their last 56 road games, 1-4 in Minor's last 5 road starts and 3-7 in Minor's last 10 starts. The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 14-39 in their last 53 vs. American League West and 1-8 in Lopez's last 9 starts. The Rangers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Kansas City and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 7-2-1 in Lopez's last 10 starts overall. The under is 4-1 in Minor's last 5 starts overall.
I considered the plus money and the home team based on the way the Texas Rangers are playing, but it's tough to back Lopez with the way he's pitched this season. Lopez has allowed four or more earned runs in each of his last five starts and is allowing a .276 batting average on the season with 10 homers in 43 innings. Minor has been impressive up to this point, giving up a .207 batting average and allowing just four runs in his last 20 innings. The Rangers have a clear pitching advantage in this game.