Rangers Will Roll the Royals in Series Finale at Texas

Doug Upstone

Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:39 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 7:39 PM UTC

For those betting baseball, the general assumption was this the last chance for Kansas City and Texas to do something in the postseason for awhile, given age or contract situations for both squads.

The way they have come out of the gate, both have played dull baseball, accounting for their records and have not instilled any confidence for those working the MLB odds on a daily basis. How does Game 3 of this series shape up?


Pitching Matchup - Hammel vs. Darvish

Jason Hammel the last several years has been a first half pitcher. He's worn down after the All-Star break and Kansas City is waiting for that pitcher to emerge as the Royals have not won any of his three starts and he has a 4.60 ERA. Hammel has to keep the ball down and when he does not, opposing batters will square up his tosses like they are right now, permitting a .306 batting average. The 34-year old might be getting more comfortable with new team, after allowing only one run over six innings and inducing 10 ground balls.

Yu Darvish (1-2, 3.28 ERA) has been above average twice and gotten into trouble twice in his four starts. Where the Japanese hurler has run afoul is with walks. Normally having better than a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, Darvish presently is just under 2 to 1 (23 vs. 12). When he's throwing strikes, he's been outstanding, with opposition hitters at a .188 average. Darvish is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA against Kansas City.


If You Do Not Hit, Your Team Appears Lifeless

Going in Saturday, Kansas City was batting .210 as team, with Texas even worse at .205. With the Royals averaging 2.7 RPG, they are not going to attract much excitement when it comes to those generating MLB picks. What is really stunning about this is Kansas City has several players whose contracts are up, thus, you would think they would be dialed in seeking big paydays.

Texas is averaging 4.1 RPG despite their batting average by leading the AL in home runs. Rangers batters are not helping themselves either, ranked in the Top 5 in most strikeouts and fewest walks.

Only the White Sox have a lower on-base percentage than these two teams in the AL, who are flat out dull to watch.


Betting Odds, History and Bullpen Numbers

Texas was sent out as -160 home favorite with a total of 8 by sportsbooks. The Rangers have had their way with K.C. at home with recent 8-2 mark (as of 4/22) and the UNDER is 6-3-1. Both bullpens have been far below previous standards and are in the bottom third of ERA's in the junior circuit and each has five losses already in less than 20 games.


The Winner Is...

In this situation, in spite of the Rangers offense, Darvish can certainly close down the Kansas City offense (and hope the bullpen does not blow it) and the Texas offense should get a few good swings for extra base hits and they win on Sunday.

Free MLB Play: Texas -157Best Betting Line: at Heritage

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