In the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (30-22) and the Texas Rangers (30-22) at Kauffman Stadium, Yordano Ventura (3-4, 4.26 ERA) and Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 3.55 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 4-0 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and will air on FS1 and FSN-KC.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking one in a 2-1 loss to the Cubs. Eric Hosmer (.301, 31 Rs, 7 HRs, 33 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Royals, Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA. He meets a strong Kansas City offense that's batting .271. Delino DeShields Jr. (.289, 26 Rs, 11 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City, a -163 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Royals have a 16-11 record and overall money line at +830. The Royals will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Kansas City has only averaged 2.4 runs per game compared to the 4.5 they've averaged on the season. The Royals come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Royals lead the AL in hits with 9.3 per game. Don't expect the Kansas City hitters to swing wildly. They average an AL-low 6.0 strikeouts per game. Kansas City's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Royals have given up an average of 4.7 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 3.6 runs per game. The Royals don't give up many hits at home to opposing batters at Kauffman Stadium, leading the AL with only 7.3 hits allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Rangers have a record of 25-23 when they are the underdog and are +1,069 overall with the money line. The Rangers are known for their bats, hitting 165 extra base hits.
The Rangers are 3-2 against the Royals this season. This game will feature Rodriguez (LHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 10-6 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Ventura. They sport a 19-15 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Texas won its last game in a shutout, its second of the season. Kansas City has been shut out three times this season.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Rangers are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 19-17 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-17. 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 38 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 60.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.35 per game this season. Texas ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.70.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.729). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .730.
The Rangers are 13-22 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 13-16 when they allow at least one homer.