Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction MLB Picks 5/4/24

Kansas City Royals (19-13) vs Texas Rangers (17-15)

Game Info: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Michael Wacha (1-3) (4.24) vs Dane Dunning (3-2) (4.13)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals -103 / Texas Rangers -115 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals meet Saturday in MLB game 2 action at Kauffman Stadium. Here’s a Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction.

Texas Rangers Betting Preview

The Texas Rangers are 17-16 this season after wins over the Reds and Nationals. The Texas Rangers have scored 7 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 9 games. The Texas Rangers have won 5 of their last 6 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Texas Rangers with 35 hits and 21 RBI, while Adolis Garcia and Josh Smith have combined for 62 hits and 39 RBI.

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Kansas City Royals are 20-13 after wins over the Blue Jays and Tigers. The Kansas City Royals have scored 17 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 4 straight games. The Kansas City Royals have won 6 of their last 9 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Kansas City Royals with 42 hits and 19 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Maikel Garcia have combined for 70 hits and 50 RBI.

Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Pitching Matchup

Dane Dunning gets the ball for the Texas Rangers, and he is 3-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Dunning has allowed 15 earned runs in 32.2 innings this season, while walking 16. Dunning has a 3.86 ERA and .196 allowed batting average. Dunning is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Kansas City Royals.

Michael Wacha gets the ball for the Kansas City Royals, and he is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Wacha has allowed 36 hits and 16 runs in 34 innings, while walking 9. Wacha has a 1.59 ERA and .244 allowed batting average at home. Wacha is 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 8 strikeouts in his career against the Texas Rangers.

Kansas City Royals Player Prop Facts

  • Hunter Renfroe has hit a home run in three of his last four home appearances against the Rangers.
  • Michael Wacha has recorded five or more strikeouts in 10 of his last 11 home appearances.
  • Salvador Perez has recorded two or more total bases in 12 of his last 13 appearances in night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has scored a run in seven of the Royals' last eight games against the Rangers.
  • Michael Wacha has recorded a win in six of his last seven home appearances against AL opponents.
  • Austin Nola has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last five appearances with his team as a home underdog against AL West opponents.
  • Austin Nola has recorded at least one hit in each of his last five appearances with his team as a home underdog against AL West opponents.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded at least one Single in each of the Royals' last eight night games.
  • Salvador Perez ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for Slugging Percentage (.605) this season.

Texas Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Adolis Garcia has hit a home run in three of his last four appearances with the Rangers as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded an RBI in each of the Rangers' last four games as road favorites.
  • Dane Dunning has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his last seven appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Jonah Heim has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 13 road appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Jonah Heim has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 13 road appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Leody Taveras has recorded at least one Double in three of his last four appearances with the Rangers as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded at least one Single in seven of the Rangers' last eight games as road favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Dane Dunning has recorded a win in three of his last four appearances with the Rangers as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Josh Jung has scored at least one run in each of his last five appearances in night games.
  • Adolis Garcia ranks T5th in the league in Home Runs (8) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Kansas City Royals rank 1st in the league for runs allowed this season (99).
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 2nd in the league for strikeouts against this season (218).
  • The Texas Rangers rank 2nd in the league for opponent batting average this season (.214).
  • The Texas Rangers rank 2nd in the league for hits allowed this season (230).

Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Prediction

I'm not excited about a pitching matchup of Dane Dunning and Michael Wacha, as they've both been subpar up to this point. Wacha is probably the better pitcher in terms of what he's done over the years, but I'm not excited with what I've seen so far this season. The Texas Rangers are the better team overall and are kind of due for a breakout performance to start stringing wins together. Not my most favorite game on the card, but I'm going with the Rangers and the cheap price. 

Randy’s Pick Texas Rangers -115

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