Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals MLB Game Picks 5/15/2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Minor vs. Jorge Lopez
The Texas Rangers visit Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Mike Minor for the Rangers and Jorge Lopez for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has Texas at -130 and Kansas City at +120. The Rangers have a 23-14-1 over/under record and a 21-17-0 run line mark. The Royals are 21-20-0 against the run line and have a 22-17-2 over/under record.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 23-14-1 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 21-17-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 22-17-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 21-20-0 against the run line
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/09/19 P Shawn Kelley Infection 10-day IL (05/06)
04/26/19 P Taylor Hearn Elbow 10-day IL (04/26)
04/13/19 P Edinson Volquez Elbow 60-day IL (04/05)
04/01/19 P Yohander Mendez Elbow 60-day IL (04/01)
03/25/19 P Luke Farrell Jaw 60-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 RF Scott Heineman Shoulder 60-day IL
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
04/27/19 1B Lucas Duda Back 10-day IL (04/24)
03/25/19 C Salvador Perez Elbow is out for season
03/25/19 P Trevor Oaks Hip 60-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Brian Flynn Elbow 10-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Eric Skoglund Suspension 80 game suspension
03/25/19 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day IL (03/25)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 17-21 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Minor has a 3-3 record with an earned run average of 2.68 and a WHIP of 1.04 this season. He has 53 strikeouts over his 53.2 innings pitched and he's given up 39 hits. He's allowed 6.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.08 and they have given up 163 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the bullpen and they've struck out 127 hitters and walked 72 batters. As a team, Texas allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.35. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 362 base hits and 200 earned runs. They have allowed 57 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 160 batters and struck out 291. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.55 and their FIP as a unit is 5.18.
As a team Texas is hitting .245, good for 16th in the league. The Rangers hold a .443 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Elvis Andrus is hitting .327 with an on-base percentage of .376. He has 50 hits this season in 153 at bats with 25 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .516 and an OPS+ of 129. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .295 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .391. He has totaled 41 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 139 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .489. The Rangers have 316 hits, including 69 doubles and 57 home runs. Texas has walked 153 times so far this season and they have struck out 378 times as a unit. They have left 246 men on base and have a team OPS of .773. They score 5.61 runs per contest and have scored a total of 213 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 14-27 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.07, Jorge Lopez has a 0-4 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 39 strikeouts over the 43 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 47 hits. He's allowing 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.71. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.70 and they have given up 140 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 133 batters and walked 61 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.01. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 362 base knocks and 201 earned runs this season. They have given up 49 home runs this year, which ranks 21st in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 158 hitters and struck out 315 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.64.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 19th in the league. The Royals hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Adalberto Mondesi comes into this matchup batting .270 with an OBP of .305. He has 44 hits this year along with 33 RBI in 163 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .497 with an OPS+ of 112. Whit Merrifield is hitting .286 this season and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 48 hits in 168 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .512. The Royals as a unit have 331 base hits, including 65 doubles and 48 homers. Kansas City has walked 136 times this year and they have struck out on 355 occasions. They have had 267 men left on base and have an OPS of .736. They have scored 4.54 runs per game and totaled 186 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals +120
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