Kansas City Royals (17-33) at Texas Rangers (20-32)
|Date & Time||Friday May 25, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -140 / Kansas City Royals +130 --- Over/Under: 10
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Kansas City Royals look for another victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Royals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Kansas City Royals have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jon Jay leads the Royals with 56 hits and 13 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Whit Merrifield have combined for 109 hits and 50 RBI. Eric Skoglund gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 6.15 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Skoglund’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers could use a win here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Rangers have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have lost nine of their last 13 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 52 hits and 31 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 87 hits and 52 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 5.59 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Minor is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 3-9 in Skoglunds last 12 starts. The Rangers are 11-25 in their last 36 home games, 4-9 in their last 13 games vs. a left-handed starter and 1-4 in Minors last 5 starts on grass. The Royals are 8-23 in the last 31 meetings in Texas, 5-16 in the last 21 meetings and the under is 32-14-5 in the last 51 meetings.
I'm not trying to back either of these teams or these pitchers if we're being honest. The Rangers allow crooked numbers nightly, and both pitchers have ERAs over five with allowed batting averages over .270. This is basically going to be batting practice for nine innings. Instead of picking a side, give me the over.