Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers 8/23/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/22/2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Globe Life Park in Arlington
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On Saturday night, Jeremy Guthrie (9-10) will be going for his fifth win in six starts when he and the Kansas City Royals take on Nick Tepesch (4-7) and the Texas Rangers.
On Sunday, Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven pretty good innings against the Minnesota Twins on the road and picked up his ninth win of the season. He allowed four runs on five base hits in that start and walked two batters while striking out seven. Guthrie now has a 4.48 ERA on the year and he has only walked 41 batters in 158.2 innings.
Rangers outfielder Alex Rios has 17 hits in his 58 at-bats versus Guthrie with four doubles, two home runs and six RBI. Shortstop Elvis Andrus is 8-for-19 against him with two doubles and a home run.
Second-year starter Nick Tepesch pitched seven solid innings against the Los Angeles Angels in his last start, but all he could get out of it was a no decision. He allowed just two runs on six base hits in that outing while walking four batters and striking out one. Tepesch has only been able to strike out 4.6 batters per nine innings this year, but he does have a decent 4.15 ERA.
Royals veteran Josh Willingham has hit a home run off of Tepesch in his career, but he is just 1-for-7 overall against him. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain is 2-for-3 against him with two singles.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 58-63-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas Rangers are 57-61-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Texas Rangers is -1.1
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
08/20/14 C Salvador Perez Knee questionable
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
08/01/14 1B Eric Hosmer Hand 15-day DL (8/1)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
08/13/14 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (8/10)
07/26/14 LF Jake Smolinski Foot 15-day DL (7/22)
06/11/14 P Tanner Scheppers Elbow 15-day DL (6/11)
06/10/14 1B Mitch Moreland Ankle 15-day DL (6/8)
06/04/14 P Alexi Ogando Elbow 60-day DL (6/3)
06/04/14 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (5/14), out for season
05/22/14 1B Prince Fielder Neck 60-day DL (5/17)
05/21/14 P Martin Perez Elbow 60-day DL (5/11)
04/25/14 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff Back 60-day DL (4/23); out for season
04/23/14 P Pedro Figueroa Elbow 60-day DL (4/23)
03/31/14 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder 60-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 RF Engel Beltre Leg 60-day DL (3/26)
Josh's Pick: Take Kansas City
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