Danny Duffy (5-1, 3.27 ERA) and Yu Darvish (2-1, 3.15 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (47-47) and the Texas Rangers (55-41) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 22 and can be seen on FSKC and FSSW.
Duffy pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out seven and walking one in an 8-4 win over the Tigers. Darvish went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking four in a 3-1 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Ian Desmond (.319, 69 Rs, 18 HRs, 58 RBIs, 16 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 5 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The Royals are a slight -110 favorite on their home field with a total of 7.5 runs.
Pick - KC
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 24-19, while Kansas City is 17-22.
The Rangers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 8-4 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 39-13. The Rangers have a 36-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Kansas City has earned 378 this season. Texas ranks seventh with 463 runs.
Ranking 20th, Kansas City is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .754.
The Rangers are 34-36 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 31-37 record.