Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals, Friday, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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TEXAS RANGERS KANSAS CITY ROYALS
43-45, 3rd in American League West July 14, 8:15 PM | Grass of Kauffman Stadium 44-43, 3rd in American League Central
Texas at Kansas City, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:15 PM ET, Friday, July 14, 2017
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), FSN Kansas City
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Martin Perez (4-6, 4.60 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jason Hammel (4-8, 5.04)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [M. Perez -L] +1½ -190 +102 Ov 9½ -115
Kansas City Royals [J. Hammel -R] -1½ +165 -112 Un 9½ -105
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The Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Kauffman Stadium.

Perez is 2-0 in his last four starts despite allowing 15 runs and 30 hits over 22 innings in that stretch, and posted just one loss in his past nine outings after going 1-5 out of the gate. The 26-year-old Venezuelan gave up just one homer in his last four games, but matched a season high with four walks against Boston in a no-decision July 3. Perez, who recorded all four of his wins at home in 2017, is 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two career starts against the Royals.

Hammel is winless in his last three starts – all losses for the Royals, including July 7 when he permitted three runs over six innings versus the Dodgers. The 34-year-old South Carolina native had gone 3-0 over his previous six outings, giving up two or fewer runs in four of them with four quality starts during the stretch. Elvis Andrus is 5-for-11 with a triple and three RBIs against Hammel, who gave up three runs over three innings in a loss to Texas on April 23.

Oddsmakers currently have the Royals listed as 112-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The Kansas City Royals steadily dug themselves out of an early season hole and sit in a contending position for a playoff spot as they begin the second half with the opener of a 10-game homestand Friday against the Texas Rangers. Kansas City went into the break after three straight losses to the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers, but are only three games behind first-place Cleveland in the American League Central and 1 ½ out of the second wild card.

“We’re in good shape,” Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star. “We battled back after a tough April (7-16). We feel like we’ve got the firepower to compete.” Eric Hosmer enters the second half on a 15-game hitting streak and Salvador Perez has hit safely in eight in a row while Mike Moustakas boasts six homers in his last 10 games for the Royals, who are last in the AL in runs scored (362). Houston has all but wrapped up the AL West race, but Texas lies just 1 ½ games behind the Royals in the race for the second wild card after winning three of four before the All-Star break. The Rangers start the second half with a tough 10-game road trip and will have to improve in the bullpen if they are going to make a playoff run after blowing 17 of 30 save opportunities in the first 88 contests.

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MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Texas 1B Mike Napoli and INF Joey Gallo have combined for 39 homers, but are each batting just .194.

2. Kansas City will need more in the second half from LF Alex Gordon, who is batting .195 overall and .169 at home.

3. Rangers OF Nomar Mazara is 4-for-11 with a pair of doubles and a homer in his last three contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Kansas City Royals  will win outright at -112 and the game will stay under 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Royals 5, Rangers 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEX TEAM KC
5.05 RUNS 4.16
4.72 RUNS AGNST 4.45
0.33 DIFF -0.29
$152 MONEY $570
4.38 TEAM ERA 4.27
8.07 OFF HITS 8.45
3.35 OFF WALKS 2.37
9.31 OFF Ks 7.60
8.78 DEF HITS 8.80
3.41 DEF WALKS 3.31
7.09 DEF Ks 7.78
INJURIES
TEXAS RANGERS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Shin-Soo Choo OF 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Lewis P 15-Day disabled List
Tanner Scheppers P 60-Day Disabled List
Prince Fielder DH 15-Day Disabled List
Lucas Harrell P 15-Day Disabled List
Shawn Tolleson P 60-Day Disabled List
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Wade Davis P 15-Day Disabled List
Luke Hochevar P 15-Day Disabled List
Tim Collins P 60-Day Disabled List
Kris Medlen P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Minor P 60-Day Disabled List
Mike Moustakas 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Jason Vargas P 60-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TEXAS RANGERS
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Texas’s last 18 games on the road
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Texas’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games at home
Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Texas
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City’s last 12 games when playing at home against Texas
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Texas
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 5.1 3 4.5 6
Texas’s Away Scoring vs Kansas City’s Home Defense 4.5 6 4.3 5
Texas’s Road ERA vs Kansas City’s Home ERA Allowed 4.9 10 4.1 13
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 4.2 13 4.7 8
Kansas City’s Home Scoring vs Texas’s Road Defense 4.2 14 4.9 9
Kansas City’s Home ERA vs Texas’s Road ERA Allowed 4.0 6 4.1 8
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RANGERS
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.
ROYALS
Royals have the third-lowest base on balls in the league at 2.6 per game.
Royals strike out less than any team in the league with 6.5 per game.
Royals are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.7 runs per game.

 

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