Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Sunday June 2, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers -135 / Kansas City Royals +115
FS-Kansas City, FS-Southwest
The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Sunday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to salvage a series split after dropping game three on Saturday by a final score of 6-2. Martin Maldonado had a double and an RBI while Cam Gallagher had an RBi of his own to cap off KC’s scoring as a team in the loss. Adalberto Mondesi and Ryan O’Hearn each had a double while Whit Merrifield went 2 for 4 at the plate. Alex Gordon and Cheslor Cuthbert each had base hits as well in the losing effort for the Royals. Homer Bailey took the loss, falling to 4-6 after allowing four runs on six hits over 3.2 innings of work. Brad Keller will start game four and is 3-6 with a 4.56 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Keller’s first career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to win the series after picking up a win in game three on Saturday. Joey Gallo had a home run and two RBIs while Shin-Soo Choo had a pair of doubles and an RBI. Elvis Andrus, Nomar Mazara and Jeff Mathis each put runs on the board for Texas in the victory, while Ronald Guzman added a double. Asdrubal Cabrera and Hunter Pence each had two hits while Rougned Odor added a base knock of his own to finish off Texas’ offense as a team in the victory. Lance Lynn got the victory to improve to 7-4 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Adrian Sampson will start the finale and is 3-3 with a 4.53 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Sampson’s first career start against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 1-6 in Keller’s last 7 starts and 15-40 in their last 55 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Texas is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 2-7 in Sampson’s last 9 starts while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall. Kansas City is 6-20 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 18-37 in the last 55 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
Sampson’s last couple starts haven’t gone very well, giving up 11 runs, 10 earned, in just 8.1 innings of work. However, in his last three appearances, Sampson has gone at least five innings in relief and has picked up the win in each of those outings, so maybe his confidence is turning around. Kansas City continues to find ways to lose baseball games, and are pretty much unbackable right now. Getting this kind of price to fade the Royals seems like a solid play to me, so I’ll lay the juice with Texas in this spot.