Royals vs. Rangers Prediction
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers both could use some positive momentum. Which team will get it when they meet up tonight at 8:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:05PM ET – Globe Life Park
TV: FSKC (KC); FSSW (Tex)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rangers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -145 to win, while the Royals are getting a money line of +135 to win. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 66 percent of the wagers going on Texas at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Royals on a win streak
Kansas City won the series opener on Thursday, 8-2. That gave the Royals three straight wins, all of which have come on the road. Kansas City is 17-33 overall and 10-15 on the road. KC is now averaging 4.00 runs per game while allowing 5.54 per contest.
Eric Skoglund gets the start on Friday night for KC. He is 1-4 through eight starts this year with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Skoglund has 35 strikeouts with 12 walks through 45.1 innings of work this year.
Rangers unable to win third straight
The Rangers couldn’t string together their third straight win on Thursday in the loss to the Royals. Texas is now 20-32 overall and 9-18 at home. The Rangers are putting up 4.19 runs per game this season while allowing 5.44 per contest.
Mike Minor toes the rubber for the Rangers this evening. He is 3-3 through nine starts this year and has a 5.59 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP. Minor has pitched a total of 48.1 innings this season and has 46 strikeouts with 11 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are 1-5 in their last six against AL West opponents and 3-9 in Skoglund’s last 12 starts overall.
The Rangers are just 11-26 in their last 37 home games. They also are 1-4 in their last five against AL Central opponents.
I am going to stick with Kansas City while the Royals actually have something positive going. Skoglund certainly isn’t a great starter, but I think he can match, or better what Minor will do on the mound. Kansas City has already managed to do some winning on the road, so I think they will not be lacking in confidence tonight.
The Pick: Kansas City Royals +135