Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+120) Kansas City (-175)
Brady Singer and the Kansas City Royals (26-34, 4th in AL Central last season) host the Texas Rangers (22-38, 5th in AL West last year) at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. The Royals open this game at -175 while the Rangers are priced at +120. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Jordan Lyles and Brady Singer.
The Rangers accounted for 80 two-baggers as a team last season and smacked 62 balls out of the stadium. Texas was slugging .364 and were called out on strikes 548 times, while being walked on 167 occasions. As a unit, the Texas Rangers put up 3.7 runs per game, which was 29th in MLB. They amassed 204 RBI's in addition to 420 base knocks last season, while their average at the plate came in at .217. They accumulated 224 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .285.
The Rangers compiled a team ERA of 5.02 for the previous season (23rd in the league), and their staff rung up 489 hitters. Their pitching staff walked 236 opposing players and their FIP came in at 4.88 as a unit over the course of last season. They earned a K/BB ratio of 2.07 and the pitching staff earned a collective WHIP of 1.39. Rangers pitchers allowed 81 home runs in addition to 312 runs (5th in baseball). The Rangers sent 204 relief pitchers to the mound during the previous year. The relief pitchers inherited 95 base runners for the prior year with 32.6% of those players crossed the plate. They earned 10 saves during the previous year and blew 9 out of their 19 save chances. The Rangers relievers recorded a save percentage of 52.6% and stepped onto the hill in 36 save situations. The relief pitchers had a total of 15 holds last season (30th in the league). Rangers bullpen pitchers entered the game with runners on in 50 outings as well as 41 contests with high leverage.
Lyles was the owner of a FIP of 5.95 and an ERA+ of 68. He allowed 45 ER's over the course of last year and had a K/BB ratio of 1.6. He conceded 10.5 H/9 and his WHIP was 1.561. His earned run average was at 7.02 and he fanned 36 hitters. Jordan Lyles gave up 67 base knocks in 57.2 innings throughout last year. Lyles (44-66 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.60 and he has gone up against 4,276 opposing batters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 1,058 hits (9.8 hits per 9 innings) with 338 walks. His ERA is 5.22 (561 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.443. Lyles has taken the hill for 967 innings and is sitting with 732 strikeouts during his career.
The Kansas City Royals tallied a team OBP of .309 in addition to a team batting average of .244 for the prior year. They were rung up on 527 instances (14th in the league) and notched a total of 485 hits. Kansas City accounted for 68 home runs for the prior year to go along with 237 runs batted in. The Royals held a team SLG% of .402 and they were scoring 4.13 runs per contest (26th in MLB). They tallied 97 doubles, while taking a walk 172 times as well as putting up 248 runs.
The Royals had a team WHIP of 1.375 and were the owners of a FIP of 4.49 as a unit for the prior year. They were ranked 10th in MLB as a staff in total hits given up with 500. The Kansas City pitching staff relinquished 272 runs last year while holding an ERA of 4.30 (247 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio was 2.45 (517 strikeouts vs 211 bases on balls). They surrendered 76 homers and they allowed 4.74 runs per 9 innings (13th in baseball). Kansas City had relievers take the mound in 49 save situations and they tallied 19 saves. They were sitting at 1st in the league holding a save rate of 95.0%, and they dispatched 232 bullpen pitchers to the mound last year. Their relievers stepped onto the mound in 53 games with high leverage and 65 games with runners on. Kansas City bullpen pitchers had an inherited score percentage of 30.0% out of 97 inherited base runners. With 20 save opportunities, the Royals earned 29 holds and also 1 blown save.
Singer had a K/BB ratio of 2.7 with 61 total strikeouts and an ERA+ of 114. He took the ball for 64.1 innings last year while conceding 7.3 H/9. Singer allowed 52 hits while he conceded 29 earned runs (4.06 ERA). His WHIP was 1.17 and he had a FIP of 4.08 last year. Singer (4-5 career record) holds a 4.06 earned run average while giving up 7.3 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.65 and he has gone up against 263 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 29 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.166 and having a FIP of 4.1. So far in his pro baseball career, Singer has surrendered 52 base knocks while he has tallied 61 punch outs in 64 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (+120)
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