Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals
The Rangers and the Royals face off on Saturday in Arlington. The Rangers are -118 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 10.5.
The Texas Rangers continue to hit the ball and they pounded the Royals on Friday to open their series. Adrian Beltre had four hits including a home run and David Murphy, Lance Berkman, Leony’s Martin, and A.J. Pierzynski all had two hits each as the Rangers scored seven runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Derek Holland allowed eight hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out eight over 7.0 innings to get the win and go 5-2 on the year. For Saturday’s game Texas starts Nicholas Tepesch who has lost three of his last four decisions. For the season Tepesch has allowed 49 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 37 over 48.2 innings for a 3-4 record and a 3.88 ERA.
The Kansas City Royals are slumping and after beating the Cardinals on Thursday they got back to their losing ways on Friday. Alcides Escobar and Chris Getz had two hits each and Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer had hits as the Royals scored two runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Wade Davis was hit hard allowing 10 hits and six runs while striking out eight over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 3-5 on the year. On Saturday the Royals start James Shields who has lost his last four starts. For the season Shields has allowed 64 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 73 over 79 innings for a 2-6 record and a 2.96 ERA.
Texas is 9-3 in their last 12 home games, 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Tepesch’s last five starts. Kansas City is 7-20 in their last 27 games overall, 2-7 in their last nine road games, and 0-5 in Shields’ last five starts. KC is 3-11 in their last 14 games in Texas.
It’s hard to pass on Shields as a huge dog but I am going to have to here as the Rangers are playing well and the Royals are just playing horribly.
Texas Rangers -118 Kansas City Royals