The Texas Rangers (34-37) kick off a 9-game road trip Monday with the 1st of 3 games against the Kansas City Royals (26-45). First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium. Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Rangers vs. Royals odds with MLB picks and predictions.
The Rangers lead the season series 2-1.
The Rangers just lost 2 of 3 against the Washington Nationals, but finished their recent homestand 3-2. They are 8-6 in their last 14 games.
The Royals have started their homestand 1-2, losing 2 of 3 to the Oakland Athletics, but have won 6 of their last 10 games.
Rangers at Royals projected starters
LHP Martin Perez vs. LHP Kris Bubic
Perez (5-2, 1.96 ERA) makes his 15th start. He has a 1.13 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9 and 7.3 K/9 in 87 1/3 IP.
Has won his last 5 decisions, including Wednesday’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies with 6 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 3 BB and 6 K.
First victory of season was against the Royals on May 10 with 6 1/3 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 5 H, 0 BB and 6 K.
Bubic (1-4, 7.41 ERA) makes his 10th start in 11 appearances. He has a 1.79 WHIP, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.2 K/9 in 34 IP.
Picked up 1st win of season in his last outing, a 6-2 victory June 20 over the L.A. Angels with 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB and 7 K.
The Royals have won 3 of his last 4 starts.
Rangers at Royals odds and lines
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Money line (ML): Rangers -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Royals +115 (bet $100 to win $115)
Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Rangers -1.5 (+120) | Royals +1.5 (-145)
Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
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Rangers at Royals picks and predictions
Rangers 5, Royals 3
The Rangers are 17-17 on the road this season and have won 4 of their last 6 games away from home. They have won 9 of Perez’s last 10 starts.
The Royals are only 13-23 at home this season. Only 3 teams have fewer home wins. They have won 3 of Bubic’s last 4 starts, but this pitching matchup is a little uneven.
Take the RANGERS (-140).
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Run line/Against the spread
The Royals have baseball’s worst ATS record at 29-42 ATS and are 13-23 ATS at home.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are 41-30 ATS overall and 21-13 ATS on the road. Their last 8 wins with Perez on the mound are by 2 or more runs. Eight of their last 9 wins overall are by at least 2 runs.
This is the best bet to take for the game, as it pays out better than the money line. Take the RANGERS -1.5 (+120).
The Rangers have scored more than 4 runs only once in their last 6 games. Four of their last 5 games have had 8 or fewer total runs. Six of Perez’s last 8 starts have had 8 or fewer runs.
Three of Bubic’s last 4 starts have had 8 or fewer runs.
Take UNDER 8.5 (-108).
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