The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals open a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium this evening. The Royals welcome the Rangers to Kauffman following two of three losses against the Athletics.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 27, 2022
The Royals are not a good team, but they were expected to beat the A’s at home. They are coming off back-to-back losses on Saturday and Sunday. In their latest attempt, the Royals were cut down by a score of 5-3 at Kauffman.
The Royals are entering Monday night with a record of 26-45 and 13.5 games behind the Twins. They aren’t threatening with their current roster.
Kauffman Stadium hasn’t been a place where they have homefield advantage. The Royals are 13-23 at home going into this series versus the Rangers.
The Rangers have a win three of their previous five entering Kansas City. They lost two of three attempts over the weekend at home versus the Washington Nationals.
They’re heading into Monday evening at 34-37 on the season. The AL West is so bad besides the Astros, that three games under .500 is good enough for second in the division.
Happy Pérez day to all who celebrate. pic.twitter.com/5rN40GlQRG
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 27, 2022
The Rangers trail the Astros by 10.5 games and will look to play catch up in the second half of the campaign. I could see the Rangers going on a run, but catching the Astros is highly unlikely.
They spent money in the offseason to bring in Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. Those aren’t the actions of a team that intended to continue rebuilding in 2022.
The Rangers are turning to Martin Perez on the bump tonight. Perez could be a big trade chip depending on where the Rangers are at the trade deadline. If they’re not competing, it would be wise to collect a nice return for Perez.
Head below for our free Rangers vs. Royals prediction on June 27, 2022.
Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals Live Betting Odds:
|Texas Rangers||-1.5 (+120)||-140||Over 8.5 (-115)|
|KC Royals||+1.5 (-140)||+126||Under 8.5 (-105)|
|Team Data||Texas Rangers||KC Royals|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.236||.242|
|Runs Per 9||4.36||3.90|
|Team ERA Away/Home||4.03||4.82|
Rangers vs. Royals Prediction:
Kris Bubic is in the saddle to attempt to put the Royals back in the win column. Bubic has been a disappointment thus far this season. He expected to do something more in his third season in the majors, but it hasn’t gone correctly.
This is after a 4.32 ERA in ten starts in 2020 and then a 4.43 ERA in 29 attempts last season. There were expectations for Bubic to take his game to the next level in the 2022 campaign.
He’s unfortunately not been able to get on track and faces a tough matchup tonight. Bubic’s worst production has come on the road.
Bubic has posted an ERA of 7.78 and a 1.88 WHIP at Kauffman Stadium. He’s been better on the road, but Bubic has been pretty bad everywhere, especially at home.
The Rangers haven’t gotten off to the start they’d like at the plate. I’m mostly speaking to Marcus Semien with that sentiment, but they’re capable of having a big night at any moment. There is still pop in their lineup, as the Rangers are sixth in the majors with 1.28 home runs per game.
Texas Rangers vs. KC Royals Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 5-5
- 7-1 overall in their previous eight games versus a left-handed starter
- 6-1 overall in their previous seven games after conceding 5 or more runs
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games on a Monday
- 10-4 overall in their previous 14 games at Kansas City
- 28-8 overall in their previous 36 games versus the Royals
- Record (Last 10): 6-4
- 4-10 overall in their previous 14 games versus the Rangers at home
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games at home
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games at home versus a team with a losing record
- 7-15 overall in their previous 22 games after a loss
- 36-80 overall in their previous 116 games versus the AL West
Bubic likely isn’t going to get out of this one without any blemishes. Perez should have the upper hand in this pitching matchup.
He’s at his best on the road, with a 1.76 ERA and 1.17 WHIP as opposed to a 2.14 ERA at home. In any case, Perez has been reliable pretty well everywhere this season.
Perez has surrendered 2 or fewer runs in 11 of his previous 12 starts. He had a bad start against the White Sox, but flawless otherwise.
The Royals’ bullpen rates as one of the worst in the majors, with a 4.71 ERA and 1.50 WHIP this season. Only two teams are worse than the Royals in this regard. Conversely, the Rangers are underrated, with a bullpen ERA of 3.42 and a 1.19 WHIP.
If the Rangers are focused and motivated to open this series with a win, they should have the advantage.