Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park in Arlington
The Line: Kansas City Royals +100 / Texas Rangers -108 -- Over/Under: 10.5
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Kansas City Royals look for a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have won four of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 68 hits and 28 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 122 hits and 75 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 58 hits and 25 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara have combined for 107 hits and 54 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 12-39 in their last 51 vs. American League West, 0-6 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Duffy's last 4 starts. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central, 2-7 in their last 9 Friday games and 1-4 in Jurado's last 5 starts. The Royals are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Texas and 6-21 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 home games. The over is 7-3-1 in Duffy's last 11 starts overall.
Duffy has actually been pretty solid this season, and it's allowed the Royals to win each of his last four starts. The problem is I don't really trust the Royals as a team and they've won back-to-back games just three times since April 15. The Texas Rangers are scoring more than enough runs to break out of this little funk they've been in this week and they're head and shoulders the team in better form even with some recent losses. Jurado has been good despite the limited sample size and the Rangers offense is more consistent. I'll take the Rangers and the cheap price.