Texas failed to win the series against their archrivals but following the split series, they’ve consolidated their position atop of the West division. The offensive is once again the one carrying the Rangers to what seems like another playoff berth, and their 533 runs scored this season, are the most in MLB. Three games against the Royals are exactly what they need to extend their lead over the Angels.
Bet: Texas Rangers Run Line -2,5
Odds: bet365 2.45
With Los Angeles traveling to Chicago White Sox for the most exciting series of the weekend, Texas has a great opportunity to put some wins between them and the runner ups. Given the insanely high run production, the Rangers should easily offset the lack of home page advantage, especially against a struggling pitcher such as Jeremy Guthrie. Still struggling to find a team where he feels at home, Guthrie has been one of the most unpleasant surprises in 2012 and it’s hard to believe that he’ll move to a better team than Kansas next season.
Harrison’s chance for redemption
After an impressive run of eight victories in nine decisions, Harrison was hit hard in the last two outings and he conceded nine runs in no more than 13 innings. The Angels were the last team to push Matt around and he is still reeling after that devastating defeat, which hurt his morale and his club’s chances of winning the division. The best way to put that incident behind him is to win away at Kansas City and given the Royals’ offensive struggles Harrison has a good chance to return to his winning ways.
In the unlikely case that the hosts managed to streamline their offense overnight and score early, Matt has an excellent chance to get away with a victory. The Rangers have scored double-digit runs during the last two games, despite the fact that they’ve encountered a much better team with more precise starting pitchers. Guthrie is a liability for the Royals and since he doesn’t have the safety net of a potent offense, Texas should debut with a convincing win at Kaufman Stadium.
This confrontation will be anything but a tight one, because if the Rangers win they will not need overtime innings or wait for the opponents bullpen to fail. Hamilton is hitting everything and Jeremy Guthrie is no match for him or his teammates, so we shouldn’t be surprised if the game is decided before the fifth inning. Bet365 is one of the few bookmakers that allows you to choose a more generous Run Line so go for the -2,5 handicap and back Texas at odds of 2.45.