Royals vs. Rangers Prediction
Will the Rangers cover on the runline tonight when they host the Royals at 8:05PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rangers are -162 money line favorites versus the Royals, who have odds of +147 to pull off the upset tonight in Texas. With Yordano Ventura set to face Cole Hamels in the pitching matchup, the over/under for tonight's game sits at 9 runs.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals have lost seven of Ventura's last 10 starts when he pitches the first game of a series and are 2-5 in his last seven starts coming off four days of rest as well. They're also 1-5 in his last six road starts, 0-5 in his last five starts overall and 0-7 in his last seven road starts versus a team with a winning record as well.
TEXAS: The Rangers have won eight of Hamels' last nine home starts versus a team with a losing record and are 7-1 in his last eight starts during the first game of a series as well. They're also 15-3 in Hamels' 18 starts versus a team with a losing record, are 25-5 in his last 30 starts on grass, and 26-6 in his last 32 starts overall.
OUR PICK: Take Texas. The Rangers have won 17 of Hamels' last 21 starts coming off four days of rest and are 6-2 in his last eight starts versus American League Central opponents. The Royals, meanwhile, have lost four of five overall and are just 1-5 in their last six road games versus a team with a winning record. Take Texas on the runline to maximize your bet.
THURSDAY MLB FREE PICK: TEXAS RANGERS -1.5 (+120)