Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers Expert MLB Picks Against the Spread 6/2/2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Brad Keller vs. Adrian Sampson
Shin-Soo Choo and the Texas Rangers (28-27, 2nd in AL West) host the Kansas City Royals (19-38, 5th in AL Central) at Globe Life Park on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The Royals open this matchup at +120 while the Rangers are priced at -130. The total opens at 11.
The Royals have been excellent for Las Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 19-38-0 SU. The Rangers cover 50.9% of the time, going 28-27-0 straight up. The Rangers have been a strong choice for baseball wagerers as the favorite, going 9-4-0 SU. Kansas City covers 31.4% of the time as the underdog, having gone 16-35-0 straight up.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Royals have been a good Over bet for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 29-24-4.
Kansas City covers 27.6% of the time on the road, having gone 8-21-0 straight up.
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas covers 66.7% of the time at Globe Life Park, going 18-9-0 SU.
The Rangers have been a good Over bet for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 29-25-1.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
5/31/2019 Hunter Dozier 3B Side Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
5/25/2019 Lucas Duda DH Back Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
3/28/2019 Trevor Oaks SP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
3/11/2019 Salvador Perez C Elbow Out for the season
2/19/2019 Jesse Hahn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 1
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
5/31/2019 Willie Calhoun LF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Jun 7
5/30/2019 Scott Heineman LF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jun 25
5/29/2019 Clayton Blackburn RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 15
5/29/2019 Luke Farrell SP Jaw Expected to be out until at least Jun 6
5/26/2019 Taylor Hearn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 14
5/22/2019 Edinson Volquez SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
4/1/2019 Yohander Mendez RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 15
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 19-38 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brad Keller has a 3-6 record with an earned run average of 4.56 and a WHIP of 1.47 this season. He has 48 strikeouts over his 71 innings pitched and he's given up 62 hits. He's allowed 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.41. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 204 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the bullpen and they've struck out 196 hitters and walked 87 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.21. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 515 base hits and 289 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 217 batters and struck out 447. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.47 and their FIP as a unit is 4.70.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .246, good for 19th in the league. The Royals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .297 with an on-base percentage of .353. He has 70 hits this season in 236 at bats with 28 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .508 and an OPS+ of 126. Adalberto Mondesi is hitting .288 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .325. He has totaled 65 hits and he has driven in 42 men in 226 at bats. His OPS+ is 113 while his slugging percentage is at .487. The Royals have 473 hits, including 91 doubles and 60 home runs. Kansas City has walked 180 times so far this season and they have struck out 486 times as a unit. They have left 373 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 4.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 253 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 28-27 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.53, Adrian Sampson has a 3-3 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 35 strikeouts over the 51.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 64 hits. He's allowing 11.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.02 and they have given up 244 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .269 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 198 batters and walked 100 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 522 base knocks and 272 earned runs this season. They have given up 73 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 217 hitters and struck out 443 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.52 while their FIP as a staff is 4.75.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 13th in the league. The Rangers hold a .458 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Shin-Soo Choo comes into this matchup batting .298 with an OBP of .385. He has 59 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 198 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .540 with an OPS+ of 136. Nomar Mazara is hitting .263 this season and he has an OBP of .318. He has collected 51 hits in 194 at bats while driving in 29 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .459. The Rangers as a unit have 476 base hits, including 111 doubles and 85 homers. Texas has walked 204 times this year and they have struck out on 540 occasions. They have had 358 men left on base and have an OPS of .790. They have scored 5.67 runs per game and totaled 312 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +120
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