Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers meet on Saturday in Kansas City. The Rangers are -155 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 10.
It has been a disappointing year for the Kansas City Royals and on Friday while they stayed close most of the way it was more disappointment as they fell to the Rangers. Salvador Perez had three hits and Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar had hits as the Royals scored three runs on 10 hits. On the mound Jeremy Guthrie allowed six hits and three earned runs while striking out four over six innings to fall to 0-3. For Saturday’s game Kansas City starts Will Smith who had a no decision last time out. For the season Smith has allowed 35 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 22 over 33.1 innings of work for a 5.94 ERA.
The Texas Rangers don’t look as unbeatable as they did early this season but they still lead the AL West. On Friday Mitch Moreland hit a home run and Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton both had hits as the Rangers scored five runs on seven hits in all. On the mound Matt Harrison allowed eight hits and two earned runs while striking out three over 6.2 innings to raise his record to 13-6 and Alexi Ogando earned his second save. For Saturday’s game Texas starts Scott Feldman who has won his last five decisions. For the season Feldman has allowed 78 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 49 over 70 innings for a 4.76 ERA.
Kansas City is 9-22 in their last 31 games overall, 5-17 in their last 22 games as an underdog, and 0-6 in their last six games against the AL West. Texas is 6-1 in their last seven road games against a team with a losing record, 1-5 in their last six game two of a series, and 1-6 in their last seven road starts. Texas is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings of these two.
Feldman has picked up his game of late and this series in general is just easy pickings for the Rangers and is just what the doctor ordered for them.
Texas Rangers -155 Kansas City Royals