Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers 5/24/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Globe Life Park is the site of the matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Danny Duffy for the Royals and Austin Bibens-Dirkx for the Rangers.
Kansas City opens at +135 while Texas opens at -145. The Royals have a 19-27-2 over/under record and a 18-30-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 21-29-0 against the run line and have a 25-22-3 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 19-27-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 18-30-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 25-22-3 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 21-29-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
05/21/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 10-day DL (05/16)
05/15/18 1B Lucas Duda Foot 10-day DL (05/14)
04/25/18 P Justin Grimm Back 10-day DL (04/22)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/21/18 P Matt Moore Knee 10-day DL (05/19)
05/15/18 3B Adrian Beltre Hamstring 10-day DL (05/14)
05/08/18 LF Drew Robinson Hip 10-day DL (05/08)
04/30/18 P Martin Perez Elbow 10-day DL (04/30)
04/22/18 CF Carlos Tocci Hip 10-day DL (04/22)
04/16/18 P Tim Lincecum Blister 60-day DL (03/26)
04/13/18 SS Elvis Andrus Elbow 60-day DL (04/12)
04/02/18 P Ricardo Rodriguez Elbow 60-day DL (04/02)
03/30/18 P Joe Palumbo Elbow 60-day DL (02/23)
03/26/18 P Clayton Blackburn Elbow 60-day DL (03/19)
03/26/18 P Ronald Herrera Shoulder 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 15-33 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy has a 1-6 record with an earned run average of 6.88 and a WHIP of 1.73 this year. He has 45 strikeouts over his 51 innings pitched and he's given up 63 hits. He's allowed 11.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.44. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.38 and they have given up 175 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .282 against the bullpen and they've struck out 117 hitters and walked 61 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 10.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.47. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 482 base hits and 259 earned runs. They have allowed 73 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 144 batters and struck out 332. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.47 and their FIP as a unit is 4.92.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .255, good for 9th in the league. The Royals hold a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Mike Moustakas is hitting .289 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 54 hits this season in 187 at bats with 31 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .513 and an OPS+ of 129. Whit Merrifield is hitting .286 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 52 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 182 at bats. His OPS+ is 113 while his slugging percentage is at .418. The Royals have 419 hits, including 82 doubles and 41 home runs. Kansas City has walked 139 times so far this season and they have struck out 344 times as a unit. They have left 339 men on base and have a team OPS of .704. They score 3.9 runs per contest and have scored a total of 187 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 19-31 overall mark this year. Austin Bibens-Dirkx is expected to make his debut for the Rangers. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 172 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 159 batters and walked 67 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.78. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 473 base knocks and 236 earned runs this season. They have given up 70 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 156 hitters and struck out 380 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.
As a team, they are batting .224, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .298, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .270 with an OBP of .338. He has 50 hits this year along with 28 RBI in 185 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .492 with an OPS+ of 118. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .249 this season and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 47 hits in 189 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 93 and a slugging percentage of .392. The Rangers as a unit have 375 base hits, including 79 doubles and 57 homers. Texas has walked 154 times this year and they have struck out on 494 occasions. They have had 323 men left on base and have an OPS of .680. They have scored 4.08 runs per game and totaled 204 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers -145
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