Rangers vs. Royals Prediction
Which struggling baseball team will pick up a needed win on Monday evening when the Kansas City Royals host the Texas Rangers at 8:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, June 18, 2018
8:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
TV: FSSW (Tex); FSKC (KC)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, these two teams are considered even, as both the Royals and Rangers are getting odds of -105 to win. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 61 percent going on Texas on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rangers win back-to-back games
After a 7-game losing streak, the Rangers have won their last two games, defeating Colorado at home 5-2 and 13-12. Texas is now 29-44 overall and 14-20 on the road. The Rangers are putting up 4.32 runs per game this year while allowing 5.38 per contest.
Bartolo Colon is taking the mound for the Rangers this evening. He has started 12 games this season and has a 3-4 record. Colon carries a 4.94 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 2018. He has pitched a total of 74.2 innings this year and has 48 strikeouts with just 11 walks.
Royals a mess
Kansas City is currently on a 6-game losing streak after being swept at home by Houston. The Royals have dropped 12 of their last 13 games to fall to 22-49 overall and 10-26 at home. KC is averaging just 3.69 runs per game this season while allowing 5.61 per contest.
Ian Kennedy gets the start for the Royals this evening. He has a 1-6 record with a 5.13 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Kennedy has started 14 games this year and has pitched a total of 73.2 innings. He has amassed 67 strikeouts with 28 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers have won 16 of their last 21 meetings with the Royals and four of their last five trips to Kansas City. However, they are just 5-21 in their last 26 series openers.
Kansas City is just 10-27 in their last 37 home games and 1-10 in their last 11 games following a loss.
Tonight’s game to me is about hitting. Neither pitcher is overly dominant and should give the opposing teams opportunities to plate some runs. However, Kansas City is not a team that has shown it can take advantage at the plate. They have scored a peak of 4 runs over their last 10 games. KC just can’t make things happen on offense and I think that will be the difference today.
The Pick: Texas Rangers -105