After ‘opening up a can’ on the unsuspecting Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals will look to take the second game of their three-game series when they host their AL counterparts on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. With the Royals looking to find some consistency and the Rangers looking to snap a discouraging losing streak, let’s find out offering the best value against their MLB betting odds in this one.
Rangers vs Royals MLB Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Wednesday May 15, 2019 at 8:15 PM ET
- Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
- TV: FSKC, FSSW
- Radio: Texas / Kansas City
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Texas -135 / Kansas City +115 / Total: 9
- Texas – LH Mike Minor (3-3, 2.68 ERA)
- Kansas City – RH Jorge Lopez (0-4, 6.07)
Why Bet On Texas?
The Rangers have lost five straight including their humbling 11-5 smackdown against the Royals on Tuesday. While infielder Logan Forsythe and center-fielder Joey Gallo both had a pair of RBI, it wasn’t nearly enough as starting pitcher Shelby Miller got rocked for eight runs on seven hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings of work.
“They put some runs together. They put some big innings together,” said Miller, whose ERA ballooned to 9.51 this season. “It’s disappointing. I feel like I let my team down big-time.”
Texas has given up a whopping 11 runs or more in each of their last three games while getting limited to two runs or less three times over their last 10 games. For this contest, Texas will hand the ball to left-hander Mike Minor. The 21-year-old Tennessee native gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings of a 4-2 loss against Houston in his last start.
- Runs: 5.59
- Hits: 8.38
- Walks: 3.97
- Strike Outs: 10.00
- Runs: 5.82
- Hits: 9.62
- Walks: 4.21
- Strike Outs: 7.54
Why Bet On Kansas City?
The Royals snapped a two-game skid by jumping all over Miller from the outset. Kansas City sent seven batters to the plate in the first inning en route to putting three runs on the board. The Royals sent a whopping 11 batters to the plate in the second inning while adding six more runs against Miller and Rangers reliever Wei-Chieh Huang.
Young second baseman Nicky Lopez who was called up from Triple-A Omaha earlier in the day, recorded his first career hit while adding an RBI. Third baseman Hunter Dozier drove in three runs while left-fielder Alex Gordon and DH Jorge Soler both drove in two runs apiece.
“Nicky had some great at-bats,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I was glad to see Nicky get his first hit. That’s under his belt and now he can move forward.”
The Royals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. Kansas City will hand the ball to right-hander Jorge Lopez in this contest. The 26-year-old got smacked around for six runs on six hits, including three home runs in just 2.1 innings of w 9-0 shutout loss against Houston on May 8.
- Runs: 4.69
- Hits: 8.21
- Walks: 3.33
- Strike Outs: 8.52
- Runs: 5.02
- Hits: 8.86
- Walks: 3.81
- Strike Outs: 7.79
Rangers vs Royals MLB Betting Trends
- Texas are 0-5 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 7 of Texas’ last 9 games
- Kansas City are 7-13 SU in the last 20 games against an opponent in the American League
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Rangers vs Royals
I know the Royals are in the midst of another rebuild, but I like Kansas City to find a way to get it done in a high-scoring affair. Texas has gone an awful 17-40 in their last 57 road games, 7-19 in their last 26 road games against a right-handed starter, 7-19 in their last 26 road games against a right-handed starter and 2-6 in their last 8 games against a right-handed starter.
Kansas City is 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 12-4 in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400 and 14-5 in their last 19 home games against a team with a losing record. Texas is absolutely reeling and I believe the Royals are going to take advantage of that fact in this contest.
MLB Betting Pick: Kansas City 7 Texas 5