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

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45-45, 2nd in American League West July 16, 2:15 PM | Grass of Kauffman Stadium 44-45, 3rd in American League Central
Texas at Kansas City, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:15 PM ET, Sunday, July 16, 2017
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: 2:15 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), FSN Kansas City
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Yu Darvish (6-8, 3.49 ERA) vs. Royals RH Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.45)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [Y. Darvish -R] -1½ +123 -130 Ov 8½ -110
Kansas City Royals [I. Kennedy -R] +1½ -143 +120 Un 8½ -110
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The Texas Rangers  and the Kansas City Royals will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Kauffman Stadium.

Darvish has dropped four straight decisions but allowed two earned runs in two of the setbacks, including last Sunday in a 3-0 defeat against the Los Angeles Angels. The four-time All-Star walked four in that contest after issuing two free passes combined in his previous four outings. Brandon Moss boasts four homers in 26 at-bats versus Darvish, who permitted two runs over eight innings with eight strikeouts to beat the Royals on April 23.

Kennedy is unbeaten in his last six starts with a 3.22 ERA, going at least six innings in five of those outings. The 32-year-old UCLA product, who is 0-4 with a 4.71 ERA in seven starts at home in 2017, has struggled with the long ball, as opponents have swatted 17 homers against him in his 16 turns, encompassing 87 innings. Carlos Gomez is 6-for-16 versus Kennedy, who gave up one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision at Texas on April 22.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 130-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The Texas Rangers are climbing back into contention for an American League wild-card spot with the help of strong pitching, and right-hander Yu Darvish attempts to complete an impressive three-game sweep of the host Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The Rangers have won five of their last six games after Saturday’s 1-0 triumph and allowed 10 runs combined during that stretch to reach .500 at 45-45.

Cole Hamels tossed 7 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and the bullpen held up as Shin-Soo Choo delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning Saturday after Texas rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to win the series opener. Darvish, who made the All-Star team but did not pitch in the exhibition on Tuesday, will go for his first win in more than a month when he opposes Kansas City right-hander Ian Kennedy on Sunday. The Royals have dropped five in a row following a 6-1 run and managed just four hits in Saturday’s loss after going scoreless the final four innings of the setback on Friday. Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4 on Saturday to end a 16-game hitting streak, but Whit Merrifield had a double to improve to 3-for-8 in the series.

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1. Kansas City RF Jorge Bonifacio has hit safely in six consecutive games, going 8-for-25 during that stretch.

2. Texas 3B Adrian Beltre went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s contest, but is batting .343 in 87 career games against the Royals.

3. Kansas City RHP Nate Karns will have thoracic outlet surgery and miss the rest of the 2017 season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Texas Rangers will win outright at -130 and the game will stay under 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rangers 5, Royals 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

5.00 RUNS 4.10
4.64 RUNS AGNST 4.42
0.36 DIFF -0.31
$378 MONEY $324
4.31 TEAM ERA 4.24
8.02 OFF HITS 8.39
3.31 OFF WALKS 2.35
9.22 OFF Ks 7.54
8.72 DEF HITS 8.74
3.37 DEF WALKS 3.27
7.04 DEF Ks 7.73
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
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
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 6 games
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Texas’s last 20 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 13 of Texas’s last 14 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Kansas City’s last 14 games when playing at home against Texas
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 5.0 3 4.4 6
Texas’s Away Scoring vs Kansas City’s Home Defense 4.5 9 4.2 5
Texas’s Road ERA vs Kansas City’s Home ERA Allowed 4.7 10 4.0 13
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 4.1 14 4.6 8
Kansas City’s Home Scoring vs Texas’s Road Defense 4.0 14 4.8 9
Kansas City’s Home ERA vs Texas’s Road ERA Allowed 3.9 5 4.0 8
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.
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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