Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Thursday May 30, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park in Arlington
The Line: Kansas City Royals +137 / Texas Rangers -148 -- Over/Under: 10
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers meet Thursday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Royals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 67 hits and 28 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 119 hits and 74 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ second career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Rangers have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Texas Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 56 hits and 24 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara have combined for 105 hits and 53 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Minor is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series, 1-5 in Junis' last 6 road starts and 0-4 in Junis' last 4 starts. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central, 3-9 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Minor's last 6 starts during game 1 of a series. The Royals are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Texas and 6-21 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Minor's last 5 starts overall. The over is 8-3-3 in Junis' last 14 starts overall.
These two teams are heading in completely different directions and that should continue with Junis on the mound, a pitcher who has allowed three or more runs in eight of his last 10 starts and is allowing a .280 batting average on the season. Minor has an ERA of 2.10 in his last 30 innings with 33 strikeouts, and he's given up just eight runs in 34.2 innings at home this season. The Texas Rangers are playing far and away better baseball than the Royals and have a clear edge in starting pitching. I'll lay the juice.