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(48-51) Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers (58-43)
Date: Thursday July 28, 2016
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs Cole Hamels
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rangers -161
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9
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This AL matchup includes two teams that have been typically near the top of their respective divisions.
The Kansas City Royals are baseballs defending champions, but they currently stand 9.5 games back in the AL Central.
The Texas Rangers have been on top of the AL for most of this season, they currently stand 3.5 games on top of their division.
Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals lineup has been consistently on top of the contact category. The Royals are led by Lorenzo Cain who is hitting .290 on the year with 20 extra base hits and 39 RBIs so far.
Eric Hosmer is hitting .288 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs. Kendrys Morales leads the Royals in home runs.
They will have their hands full with Hamels in this one.
The Royals have Yordano Ventura on the bump on Thursday night. Ventura is currently 6-8 on the season with a 4.99 E.R.A. and 80 strikeouts.
He last pitched against this Texas team in which he received a loss. Ventura pitched in 5 innings of work where he gave up 3 earned runs on 3 hits in the loss.
Ventura walked 4 batters and walked 5 in the loss against the Rangers. He looks to get redemption on Thursday.
The Texas Rangers lineup has been impressive this season. They are led by Ian Desmond this year hitting .307 on the season with 19 dingers and 60 RBIs.
He is paced by Adrian Beltre so far. Beltre is currently hitting .280 on the season with 16 home runs and a team leading 63 runs batted in. Prince Fielder’s production has been down from years past.
Fielder is only hitting .212 on the season; he has hit 8 home runs to go with 44 RBIs. The Rangers will need Fielder to be productive in order to make a long run in the playoffs.
The Rangers have Cole Hamels on the mound Thursday and he could very well be up for mention for a Cy Young award this season. Hamels is currently 11-2 on the season with a 2.87 E.R.A. and 120k.
His last outing was also against the Kansas City Royals where he was victorious. Hamels pitched in 5.1 innings where he did not give up an earned run on 5 hits.
Hamels walked 3 batters and struck out 4 in the win. He looks to stay consistent in this one and pick up another victory.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- KC are 6-18 in their last 24 road games.
- KC are 9-4 in their last 13 Thu. games.
- Over is 10-4 in Venturas last 14 starts on grass.
- TEX are 6-15 in their last 21 overall.
- TEX are 6-15 in their last 21 games on grass.
- TEX are 25-5 in Hamels’ last 30 starts on grass.
- Under is 16-5-5 in the last 26 meetings.
- Under is 5-2-3 in the last 10 meetings in Texas.
Free Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
It is very surprising to me that the Royals are struggling like this heading into August. I look for the Rangers to take this one, and it will be a dominating win on both sides of the game.
I look for Hamels to show his command early like he did his last start versus the Royals.
Look for the Rangers lineup to give Ventura an early exit in this one and the bats will be living.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Rangers Runline
Rangers in this one, it should be much of an issue for Hamels.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Kansas City 3 Texas 7
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