Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers 5/26/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Bartolo Colon
The Kansas City Royals head to Globe Life Park on Saturday, May 26, 2018 to take on the Texas Rangers. The expected starting pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Bartolo Colon for the Rangers.
The odds for this matchup have Kansas City at +130 and Texas at -140. The Royals have a 19-28-3 over/under mark and a 20-30-0 run line record. The Rangers are 22-30-0 against the run line and have a 26-22-4 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 19-28-3 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 20-30-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 26-22-4 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 22-30-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
05/24/18 LF Alex Gordon Neck is "?" Friday vs Texas Rangers
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 17-33 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 1-5 record with an earned run average of 5.30 and a WHIP of 1.54 this year. He has 50 strikeouts over his 52.2 innings pitched and he's given up 64 hits. He allows 10.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.17 and they have given up 177 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the bullpen and they've struck out 125 hitters and walked 63 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 10 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.3. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 493 base hits and 262 earned runs. They have allowed 73 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 149 batters and struck out 352. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.78.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .255, good for 9th in the league. The Royals hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .286 with an on-base percentage of .358. He has 54 hits this season in 189 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .418 and an OPS+ of 114. Mike Moustakas is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .332. He has totaled 55 hits and he has driven in 31 men in 195 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .503. The Royals have 438 hits, including 84 doubles and 42 home runs. Kansas City has walked 143 times so far this season and they have struck out 362 times as a unit. They have left 351 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 200 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 20-32 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.51, Bartolo Colon has a 2-2 record and a 0.92 WHIP this season. He has 36 strikeouts over the 56.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 47 hits. He allows 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.23 and they have given up 178 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 168 batters and walked 68 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.87. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 498 base knocks and 250 earned runs this season. They have given up 74 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 159 hitters and struck out 397 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 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 4.76.
As a team, they are batting .225, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. Shin-Soo Choo comes into this matchup batting .256 with an OBP of .348. He has 50 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 195 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .395 with an OPS+ of 99. Nomar Mazara is hitting .269 this season and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 52 hits in 193 at bats while driving in 31 runs. He has an OPS+ of 118 and a slugging percentage of .497. The Rangers as a unit have 391 base hits, including 82 doubles and 59 homers. Texas has walked 162 times this year and they have struck out on 511 occasions. They have had 331 men left on base and have an OPS of .682. They have scored 4.19 runs per game and totaled 218 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals +130
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