Rangers vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/18/23

Kansas City Royals (4-13) vs Texas Rangers (10-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 7:40 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Brad Keller (2-1) (2.12) vs Nathan Eovaldi (1-2) (6.32)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +100 / Texas Rangers -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals will play game two of their three-game set with the Texas Rangers this Tuesday from Kauffman Stadium. Texas took game one behind a strong pitcher effort from Jacob deGrom and Dane Dunning, 4-0.

Rangers Betting Preview

Texas moved to 10-6 after defeating Kansas City. The Rangers were shutdown on the mound last night, and they can only hope for a replicate effor here. The Texas offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game, while batting .202, with a .264 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.61 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP. Josh Jung leads the team in batting (.288), after recording multiple hits in three of the last six games. Nathaniel Lowe has recorded a hit in nine of ten games, and he is second on the team in hitting (.264) and RBI (13). Adolis Garcia leads Texas in RBI at 14 after producing one in four of his last six appearances. 

Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 6.32 ERA, 12 Ks) will get the ball for Texas here. The twelve-year veteran alarmingly struggled with KC at home last week, allowing six runs in five innings of work and taking his second straight losing decision. Eovaldi did manage to strike out seven, so there’s a chance he bounces versus an underwhelming lineup. 

Royals Betting Preview

Kansas City moved to 4-13 after losing to Texas. The Royals have dropped six of their last seven games, and they’ll attempt to turn the tide here. The Kansas City offense is scoring 3.35 runs per game, while batting .202, with a .264 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.75 ERA, with a 1.35 WHIP. Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded multiple hits in four of the last five games, and he leads KC in batting average (.274). Vinnie Pasquantino hit his second homer of the season against Atlanta yesterday, he’s right behind Witt in hitting at .269. 

Brad Keller (2-1, 2.12 ERA, 16 Ks) will start for Kansas City. The fifth-year righty was impressive in his start in Austin against Texas last week, striking out seven over 6 ⅔ innings of work, while striking out seven.  

Texas vs Kansas City Trends

Texas is 9-7 against the spread this season, with a 10-6 over/under record. Kansas City is 5-12 ATS this year, with a 9-7-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Texas struck first with an impressive effort from their pitching staff, and they’ll look to avenge a lopsided loss to KC in this specific matchup. Brad Keller gave the Rangers’ bats trouble on the road, while Nathan Eovaldi showed little resistance to the Royals. There’s a small chance of this outing going the same way from both pitchers, and with revenge on the Rangers’ minds, they may come out swinging, which could reflect on the scoreboard. Targeting the total is the safer bet with Eovaldi’s volatility on the mound, so sway with the Over for game two of the Royals/Rangers series.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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