Bet Moneyline -115 that Royals Will Topple Rangers in Texas

Steven Suarez

Saturday, August 23, 2014 3:07 PM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 3:07 PM GMT

The Royals are making their push, toppling the Tigers for the top spot in the AL Central. Tonight they face off against the Rangers, who have the worst record in all of baseball. Where's the best MLB betting value for this one?

Odds Overview
The Royals are MLB odds -115 favorites on the road, which leaves Texas as the home underdogs at a price of +105.

For those wanting to make a play on this game's total, the O/U has opened at an even nine runs, and even so the 'over' is getting most of the love from the public.

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Kansas City Royals (Guthrie)
What a month it's been for the Royals. They've stormed to the top of the division and look like they're on their way to the playoffs, that is if they can keep their cool under pressure and keep piling up victories.

Kansas City got a 6-3 win yesterday and would love a similar result this evening. They'll send out Jeremy Guthrie, who's 9-10 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.34 WHIP this season.

The veteran right-hander, who's gone 5-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 13 road starts (better than the 4.90 ERA he's posted at home) so far in 2014, has gone 4-2 with a 4.23 ERA since the All-Star break, but he's been very solid in August, going 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

As far as Kansas City's bats go, they've been on point. As a team they've hit .283 over the last week, with Josh Willingham, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler all hitting over .300 during that streak.

Willingham has stood out above the rest though, going 8-for-18 with two homers and three RBI in his previous six games. After getting traded from Minnesota, Willingham has made an immediate impact with his new team.

 

Texas Rangers (Tepesch)
The Rangers seem like they're ready for the offseason already. What a huge disappointment they've been this season.

Injuries have gotten in the way, there's no doubt about it, but that doesn't excuse the level of under-performing we've witnessed across the board for Texas. Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish have practically been the only bright spots for the team this season.

Pitching has been a massive issue, and tonight's starter Nick Tepesch hasn't exactly the most reliable of starters, at least in the first half of the season. That being said, Tepesch has looked a heck of a lot better recently, allowing three or fewer earned runs in four consecutive starts to drop his ERA from 4.87 to 4.15.

Tepesch is 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA through seven home starts and he's posted a 3.86 ERA since the All-Star break. He's yet to face the Royals this season, however.

Hitting wise, the Rangers have hit .250 over the last seven days. Leonys Martin (.412) and Adrian Beltre (.362) have been the most productive in that span, but guys like Shin-Soo Choo (.211), Robinson Chirinos (.091) and Mike Carp (.083) have all really struggled.

 

MLB Pick
It's mighty hard to trust either one of these pitchers. Both Guthrie and Tepesch have looked more reliable of late, but we've seen them capitulate too many times to count in the past.

With the pitching essentially a wash in our estimation, we're simply backing the better overall team in Kansas City. They've been swinging the bats incredibly well and their bullpen has also been top-notch.

The spirit within the Royals camp is excellent at the moment and they've stepped up their game to another level this month. Look for that to continue, as we predict Kansas City will topple the extremely disappointing Rangers, who have little to play for other than pride.

Free Moneyline Pick: Royals -115 at Bookmaker Sportsbook

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