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MLB : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 6/20/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +140

+1.5  -160



TEXAS (31 - 44) at KANSAS CITY (22 - 51)
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Wednesday, 6/20/2018 8:15 PM
Board OpeningLatest
969TEXAS+110Ov 9.5,-120-105Ov 9.5,+100
970KANSAS CITY-120Un 9.5,+100-105Un 9.5,-120
TEXAS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games31-44-3.234-364.30.2340.3090.3870.6965.30.2720.3280.4510.779
Road Games16-20+4.913-213.90.2290.2960.3670.6634.60.2620.3160.4210.737
vs Right-handed Starters22-29-1.221-284.20.2260.3020.3730.6764.90.2640.3210.4360.757
Past 7 Games4-3+1.13-45.70.2620.3610.3880.7496.00.2730.3390.4420.781
Grass Games28-41-4.430-354.30.2320.3100.3830.6935.30.2720.3280.4490.777
Night Games22-30+0.425-254.50.2360.3150.3860.7005.30.2730.3320.4510.783
TEXAS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.30.2340.30975250158411713800.3873092757143350966607034
Road Games3.90.2290.296361236283573360.3671311183481124331333119
Righty Starters4.20.2260.302511709387844530.3732021864972034642375031
TEXAS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.771.275260.3124109243258923815-1219870.4%
Road Games2.481.15812043331009391097-611473.3%

KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games22-51-2228-413.60.2410.2960.3610.6575.60.2800.3410.4540.795
Home Games10-28-18.815-213.40.2360.2960.3520.6485.80.2860.3460.4600.805
vs Right-handed Starters12-37-21.419-263.60.2420.2950.3620.6576.00.2860.3490.4710.820
Past 7 Games0-7-73-42.00.1740.2320.2460.4786.60.2960.3650.4720.837
Grass Games22-48-1926-413.60.2400.2950.3560.6515.40.2770.3370.4500.787
Night Games12-30-1418-214.00.2490.3080.3730.6815.60.2800.3380.4570.794
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.60.2410.2967324936001118580.3612491955282949381316422
Home Games3.40.2360.296381270300636240.3521191072711825843123910
Righty Starters3.60.2420.295491689408786380.3621651283481533653174316
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games5.601.506239.7162149263399818810-15161257.1%
Home Games5.881.537134.7918815222551016-77653.8%
TEXAS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/6/2018COLON(R)OAKLANDMENGDEN(R)8-2W+10010.5 unU7321190
6/7/2018HAMELS(L)HOUSTONCOLE(R)2-5L+1559 ovU881940
6/8/2018FISTER(R)HOUSTONVERLANDER(R)3-7L+1809 ovO5501040
6/9/2018MINOR(L)HOUSTONMORTON(R)3-4L+1609.5 evU5170941
6/10/2018MOORE(L)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)7-8L+17510.5 unO161011261
6/12/2018COLON(R)@ LA DODGERSFERGUSON(L)5-12L1658 ovO8811661
6/13/2018HAMELS(L)@ LA DODGERSMAEDA(R)2-3L1607.5 unU81136100
6/15/2018MENDEZ(L)COLORADOBETTIS(R)5-9L-11010.5 evO6401360
6/16/2018MINOR(L)COLORADOFREELAND(L)5-2W+1059.5 ovU1050560
6/17/2018GALLARDO(R)COLORADOGRAY(R)13-12W+11010 ovO10601552
6/18/2018COLON(R)@ KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R)6-3W-1109.5 ovU882960
6/19/2018HAMELS(L)@ KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R)4-1W-1359 ovU12101451
6/25/2018 SAN DIEGO  
6/26/2018 SAN DIEGO  
6/27/2018 SAN DIEGO  

KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/6/2018KENNEDY(R)@ LA ANGELSOHTANI(R)3-4L2107.5 ovU88010100
6/7/2018HAMMEL(R)@ OAKLANDBLACKBURN(R)1-4L1458.5 ovU420950
6/8/2018JUNIS(R)@ OAKLANDMONTAS(R)2-7L1357.5 evO7711151
6/9/2018DUFFY(L)@ OAKLANDBASSITT(R)2-0W1558.5 ovU450471
6/10/2018KELLER(R)@ OAKLANDMANAEA(L)2-3L1558 ovU761782
6/12/2018KENNEDY(R)CINCINNATIROMANO(R)1-5L-1059.5 ovU451881
6/13/2018HAMMEL(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)0-7L+1159.5 unU563940
6/15/2018JUNIS(R)HOUSTONMORTON(R)3-7L+2058.5 ovO5501240
6/16/2018DUFFY(L)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)2-10L+2209.5 ovO6711031
6/17/2018KELLER(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R)4-7L+2309.5 ovO6501571
6/18/2018KENNEDY(R)TEXASCOLON(R)3-6L+1009.5 ovU960882
6/19/2018HAMMEL(R)TEXASHAMELS(L)1-4L+1259 ovU45112101
6/26/2018 @ MILWAUKEE  
6/27/2018 @ MILWAUKEE  
TEXAS: 2017: 78-84, tied for third place.
MANAGER: Jeff Banister (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: LHP Mike Minor, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Bartolo Colon, 1B Tommy Joseph.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP A.J. Griffin, LHP Dario Alvarez.
OUTLOOK: AL West champs in each of Banister's first two seasons, the Rangers are coming off their second losing season in nine years. With most of their everyday lineup back, they should be able to hit and score runs again. But in a division with the defending World Series champs and other improved teams, Texas must depend on a revamped rotation ' maybe using six starters in some variation ' and the hope that its bullpen will be drastically improved. The Rangers scored 799 runs last year and ranked third in the majors with 237 homers. Seven returning players had at least 17. That group is led by Gallo, now the primary first baseman after playing three positions in his first full big league season. Hamels, the clear No. 1 starter now that Yu Darvish is gone, missed seven weeks in 2017 with an oblique strain and threw fewer than 200 innings for the first time since 2009. Perez could unexpectedly be ready for opening day after breaking his non-pitching elbow in a mishap on his ranch in Venezuela before Christmas. Fister didn't pitch his first major league game last season until June, and Minor hasn't started since 2014 with the Braves.
KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
Starting streak for Royals' Escobar may end vs. Rangers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The end is near.

No, not for the season, although for the Kansas City Royals, it can't come soon enough. Shortstop Alcides Escobar's string of starting 406 consecutive games at shortstop might be coming to an end.

Escobar may or may not be at shortstop Wednesday night when the Royals close out a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. It will also be the finale of an eight-game homestand with the Royals failing to collect a victory in the first seven.

The Royals are in a full-fledged youth movement with a 22-51 record. Escobar, 31, is not part of the future. The Royals are optimistic Adalberto Mondesi, 22, will be.

"Esky's been our shortstop for a long time," Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday. "It's a pretty big change, seeing somebody different at short, but it's exciting, too because now you're starting to give other younger players opportunities to see what they can do."

Escobar has been the Royals starting shortstop since he arrived in 2011 from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Zack Greinke deal. He started for the American League in the 2015 All-Star game, claimed a Gold Glove that year and the Royals won the World Series.

The Royal re-signed him to a one-year contract during the winter after he declared for free agency.

"It's a good chance to experiment right now," Yost said. "There's nothing that is going to make or break us. You can start looking at thing a little bit differently and start experimenting with some things."

He said he plans to play Mondesi a couple of games a week at shortstop, which is his natural position. Meanwhile, he said he would use Escobar in different positions, including center field, second base and third base.

While the Rangers have won a season-high four straight, the Royals have lost eight in a row -- equaling their season-high -- and 14 of 15.

They managed a mere four singles in a 4-1 loss on Tuesday night to the Rangers' Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman and Keone Kela. In June, the Royals are hitting .186 and averaging 2.2 runs per game. They have scored 36 runs in 17 June games. They went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday and are batting .196 with RISP this month.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez was scheduled to start Wednesday for the Rangers, but instead he was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock for violating team rules. The incident occurred away from Kauffman Stadium and after the Monday night game.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the violation did not involve the police, was criminal or involve Major League Baseball.

The Rangers recalled right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock and he will make the start Wednesday. He had a 2-3 record with a 4.47 ERA in 11 starts in the Pacific Coast League. He made two starts earlier this season for Texas, going 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA.

Bibens-Dirkx spent 12 seasons in the minors before making his big-league debut last season. He went 5-2 with a 4.67 ERA in 24 games, including six starts, for the Rangers as a rookie in 2017.

The Royals will counter with right-hander Jakob Junis, who is 5-7 with a 4.43 ERA. He has dropped his past four decisions. He yielded six runs, matching his career high, over 5 1/3 innings in his last start, a loss to the Houston Astros.

Junis is 3-5 with a 4.84 ERA in eight home starts this season. He has allowed 18 home runs, 13 of them at Kauffman Stadium.

This will be Junis' first appearance against the Rangers.

The Rangers have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Royals, dating to July 23, 2016, including winning four of six this season.

Shin-Soo Choo singled in the sixth inning Tuesday night and has reached base in 33 consecutive games. The Rangers outfielder is hitting .328 during the streak, which is the second longest in the majors this year.

Last Updated: 2/16/2019 10:49:45 PM EST

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