In the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (30-23) and the Texas Rangers (30-23) at Kauffman Stadium, Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 6.17 ERA) and Colby Lewis (5-3, 4.48 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 4-2 and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 7 and will air on FSN-SW and FSN-KC.
Guthrie is 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.31 WHIP against the Rangers in his career. Eric Hosmer (.305, 31 Rs, 7 HRs, 33 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his career against the Royals, Lewis is 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA. He gets a solid Kansas City offense that's batting .271. Prince Fielder (.356, 27 Rs, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City is a -131 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Royals are 16-12 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +663. They have a winless record (0-3) in games played as the favorite during their last 10 games. Kansas City has averaged 2.1 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.4. The Royals come into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. The Royals lead the AL in hits with 9.2 per game. Don't expect the Kansas City hitters to swing wildly. They average an AL-low 5.9 strikeouts per game. Kansas City's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 4.9 during that span, compared to its 3.6 season average. The Royals are the best in the AL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.3 per game.
Across the field, the Rangers have a record of 26-23 when they are the underdog and are +1,226 overall with the money line. The Rangers are known for their bats, hitting 167 extra base hits.
The Rangers have gotten the better of the Royals in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2. This game will feature Lewis (RHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 20-16 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Guthrie will take the mound against the Rangers, who have a 20-15 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
For the 12th time this season, the Rangers registered at least two errors in a game.
The Royals are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 3-2 in such matchups.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 0-7 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-18. The Rangers have a 5-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 39 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 60.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 9.23 per game this season. Texas ranks fifth with 8.67 hits.
Kansas City and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 10th with an OPS of .728 and Texas ranks eighth with an OPS of .730.
The Rangers are 14-22 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 13-16 when they allow at least one homer.