The Texas Rangers return home after six games on the road, their most recent stop in Seattle against the Mariners. They won two of three against the Mariners, while losing two of three against the Angels. The Rangers got through the road trip pretty well, especially winning the last two games against the Mariners.
Seattle isn’t the most difficult opponent, but being way out there on the west coast can make it an issue. Their Wednesday matchup with the Mariners developed into a pretty entertaining game, as it was a back-and-forth affair until the last inning. Texas fought back with 2 runs in the top of the 8th and then another in the 9th to win the game.
It’s another tough blow for the Mariners who have been getting dealt a lot of them in the last month. They got off to such a promising start over the first few weeks of the season. That has ultimately been tossed out the door most recently, though. The Rangers head home with a record of 27-26, which is respectable all things considered with this team.
Nobody thought we’d be talking about the Rangers having one of the top offenses in the major leagues, but they are right there with another surprise, the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are getting help from multiple arms in their pitching staff, though.
The same can’t be said for the Rangers. If they did, we wouldn’t be talking about the Rangers being just 27-26 and 3rd in the AL West. They’d be lurking on the Astros instead. The Royals are in town for the weekend after they had a hard defeat of 8-7 in Chicago against the White Sox last night.
KC made a nice comeback, but it wasn’t enough as they ultimately game up the winning run in the bottom of the 8th following 2 runs to tie it up. The Royals stay on the road for the weekend and have to go south to Arlington for their next opponent. Head below for our free Royals vs. Rangers pick.
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The Rangers haven’t gotten great pitching this season. Obviously, or they would be much more of a threat right now in the AL West. However, one pitcher that has quietly gone under the radar belongs to the Texas Rangers. Mike Minor will make his 12th start of the season tonight and is looking for more success against the Royals this evening.
He’s had a lot of success thus far. In fact, he hasn’t looked this good since posting an ERA of 2.55 as a reliever with the Royals in 2017. As a starter, Minor posted an ERA of 3.21 with the Braves in 2013. That’s his current career-high, but appears to be set on besting that number in 2019.
Minor touches the rubber tonight with an ERA of 2.55 and 1.13 WHIP. The veteran left-hander has been feeling hot recently with a 2.12 ERA in his previous three outings. He’s allowed 2 or less runs in five of his last six starts, and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since April 22nd against the Athletics on the road.
Minor has performed better in Arlington, as his 2.08 ERA and 1.01 WHIP at home indicates. It didn’t matter that he was in Kansas City against the Royals in his last meeting against them, though. He held the Royals to 1 run across 5 innings in a 6-1 win on May 15th.
Junis is likely going to have his hands full against the Rangers tonight in Texas. He has had a difficult time against the Rangers in the past, and he hasn’t been looking too great lately. Junis enters this one with an overall ERA of 5.58 and .346 OBA in 61.1 innings.
In his last three attempts, Junis posted a 5.71 ERA in 17.1 innings. The Rangers are hitting .353 with a .455 OBP against Junis in 17 at-bats. The Royals are a putrid 7-20 on the road, while the Rangers are back home where they feel comfortable. Texas have gone 17-8 at home in Arlington this year. While they have ran into issues on the road at 10-18, they’ve made up for it in their home park. All signs point to a winning night for the Rangers in their game home following a six-game road trip.