Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Nick Martinez (2-0, 1.47 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (14-18) go up against Edinson Volquez (2-3, 2.65 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (20-12) in the second of a four-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 8-2 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 12 and will air on FSN-KC and FSN-SW.
In his most recent outing, Martinez pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out two and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Rays. Prince Fielder (.336, 12 Rs, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Rangers, Volquez is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Eric Hosmer (.317, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Texas is a +114 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Rangers are 12-16 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -62.
On the other side, the Royals have a nice record of 9-6 when they are favored and are +924 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 3-1 record. The Royals rank third in the AL in road scoring, averaging five runs per game. The top hitting team in the league are the Royals, who have a .287 batting average. The Royals average just 5.7 strikeouts per game, good for least in the AL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the lowest ERA in the AL at 3.23. They have a WHIP of 1.18, fifth best in the MLB.
The only other game between the two teams went Texas's way. This game will feature Volquez (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 9-11 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the right-hander Martinez. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport records of 6-3 on the road and 12-7 overall.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 8-4, while Texas is 6-11.
The Texas batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Kansas City has a record of 4-6 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 0-7. The Rangers have a 3-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 24 this season. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 28.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 10.16 per game this season. Texas ranks 14th with 7.61 hits.
Ranking 26th, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.669). Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .771.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 11-7. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 6-14 record.