June 18, 2018
There is one pick today.
Take Texas Rangers (-111) on the ML against Kansas City Royals risking 3.33% to win 3%.
(Colon and Kennedy must start for wager to have action.)
It’s been a tough season for the Kansas City Royals, who currently sit in last place in the American League Central given the way they have been playing recently, there doesn't seem to be any signs of them turning this around in the immediate future. They are currently on a 6-game skid and have lost 12 of their last 13 games. They recently had the misfortune of running into the defending champion Houston Astros and were outscored 24-9 in the three-game series. The Royals pitching staff gave up at least seven runs in each of the last four games and currently leads the majors in runs allowed (398) while owning the worst team ERA (5.37). Things may not get any better on the mound tonight with Ian Kennedy scheduled to toe the rubber.
Kennedy will be making his 15th start of the season but has been held winless since April. The veteran right-hander has pitched well in three out of his last four starts, however, he is just 1-6 with a poor 5.13 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 73.2 innings logged on the season. In 7 career starts, Kennedy is 0-2 with a 3.59 ERA and WHIP of 1.219 against the Rangers. His team is just 1-6 when he has taken the mound against Texas.
The Rangers will counter with Bartolo Colon tonight. The ageless wonder is certainly starting to show his age and has been roughed up quite a bit in his past few starts. That being said, he is still throwing the ball extremely well, with a 42 to 11 K:BB ratio. His big problem has been his propensity to give up the longball recently as he has allowed 6 homeruns in his last 3 starts. He should have an advantage tonight against a Royals lineup that doesn’t have a ton of pop in their bats. He just limited them to three runs over 7 innings in a 4-3 victory. He should have similar success tonight.
The Texas Rangers haven't had a great season themselves this year, however, they do come into this contest with quite a bit of momentum. They have won two straight and come in off a dramatic, come-from-behind victory in their series finale against Colorado. The Rangers rallied and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning yesterday, to come away with the 13-12 victory. It was certainly an emotional and confidence building win for the Texas players and we expect that emotion and confidence to carry over into this contest against one of the league’s worst offenses. This is a decent price to lay with the team that is playing better baseball at the moment.
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