Yovani Gallardo (2-5, 4.19 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (2-2, 5.13 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (14-19) and the Kansas City Royals (21-12) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Royals won the last game 7-6 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 13 and can be seen on FSN-KC and FSN-SW.
Gallardo pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two in an 8-2 defeat to the Rays. Adrian Beltre (.250, 17 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. Ventura is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA when pitching against the Rangers. He is up against a below-average Texas offense which is hitting just .230 this season. Eric Hosmer (.326, 21 Rs, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Kansas City takes on Texas as a -128 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +66 and a record as the underdog of 13-16. Texas has gone 7-3 in its last 10 as underdog. Texas is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 27 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Kansas City has a 9-7 record and an overall money line of +786. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the AL. The Royals capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .287 team batting average. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 5.7 per game. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.39 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Royals are second in the AL with an average of 7.4 hits allowed per game.
The Rangers have a 9-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ventura takes the mound. Gallardo (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 12-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rangers are 5-4. The Royals are 4-3 in close games this season.
The Royals are 3-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-2 in such matchups.
The Royals are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Rangers have a record of 6-6 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 10-3. The Royals have an 18-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Texas has earned 134 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 165 runs.
Ranking 29th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 72 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at fifth with 114.
The Rangers are 10-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 14-6 when they hit at least one homer.