Kansas City Royals (20-11) at Texas Rangers (13-18)
|Date & Time||Monday May 11, 2015, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +108 / Kansas City Royals -118 --- Over/Under: 9
FS-Kansas City, FS-Southwest
The Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals face off on Monday at Globe Life park in Arlington for game one of their MLB series.
The Texas Rangers haven’t been playing consistent baseball but they are far from out of it in the American League West. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 3-9 at home, and they are 6.5 games back in the standings. As a team the Rangers are hitting .223 with Prince Fielder hitting .333, Adrian Beltre hitting .236, and Elvis Andrus hitting .222. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.13 with the starters at 3.86 and the bullpen at 4.55. For game one against the Royals the Rangers start Colby Lewis who has allowed 32 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 29 over 38 innings with a 2-2 record and a 2.61 ERA.
The Kansas City Royals lead the American League Central as they look to return to the World Series. The Royals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 9-6 on the road, and they have won their last two games. As ateam the Royals are hitting .295 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .330, Mike Moustakas is hitting .327, and Eric Hosmer is hitting .320. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.35 with the starters at 4.46 and the bullpen at 1.51. For game one at Texas the Royals start Danny Duffy who has allowed 37 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 23 over 29.2 innings for a 2-1 record and a 4.55 ERA.
Texas is 5-2 as an underdog, 3-11 following a win, and 3-10 in Lewis’ last 13 home starts. Kansas City is 21-5 against the AL West, 26-9 against a right-handed starter, and 17-5 in Duffy’s last 22 starts as a favorite. Kansas City is 6-1 in their last seven games against Texas.
The Royals are coming off of a late night and a road trip and while they are the better team, I’ll take a shot with the Rangers here.