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Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers - 6/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers (31-44) at Kansas City Royals (22-51)
Date & Time Wednesday June 20, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Kansas City Royals +109 / Texas Rangers -130 --- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
FSKC, FSSW
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MLB | Texas Rangers (31-44) at Kansas City Royals (22-51)
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The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Texas Rangers look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Rangers have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 77 hits and 32 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 144 hits and 87 RBI. Yohander Mendez gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be Mendez’s first career game against the Royals.

The Kansas City Royals could use a victory here in order to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Royals have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 14 straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 78 hits and 23 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler have combined for 132 hits and 75 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 5-7 with a 4.43 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ first career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 games on grass. The Royals are 2-8 in their last 10 Wednesday games, 5-21 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Junis' last 4 starts. The Rangers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City, 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 33-12-6 in the last 51 meetings.

The Texas Rangers are playing some of their best baseball of the season right now, which may not be saying much, but four straight wins is four straight wins. The Kansas City Royals have been fade material damn near all year, especially during this stretch where the pitching staff can't get outs and they've lost 14 straight when allowing at least one run. Not sure how anyone can put money on the Royals now with a straight face. If I'm betting this game, it has to be with the Rangers and the OK price, even if it would be a fade towards the Royals than anything. 

Pick:
Texas Rangers -130

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