Royals vs Rangers: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 1, 2021

Posted By Staff on March 31, 2021

The Texas Rangers are road underdogs () against the Kansas City Royals () to begin the 2021 MLB campaign at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. First pitch is at 4:10 PM ET. Brad Keller takes the mound first for Kansas City, and Kyle Gibson is Texas’ pick to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 30, 2021, 3:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Royals vs Rangers Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Keller (KC) Pitcher Gibson (TEX)
5 – 3 W/L 2 – 6
54.2 IP 67.1
2.47 ERA 5.35
1.02 WHIP 1.51
5.8 K/9 7.8
2.8 BB/9 3.9

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • Keller makes his first start of the season for the Royals.
  • When he last appeared on Saturday, Sept. 26, the 25-year-old right-hander started the game and went six scoreless innings against the Tigers.
  • Keller and his team won both games he pitched when they were the moneyline favorite a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:11 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rangers Probable Starter Kyle Gibson

  • The Rangers will send out Gibson for his first start of the season.
  • The last time the 33-year-old righty pitched was on Saturday, Sept. 26, throwing six scoreless innings as the starter against the Astros.
  • Gibson and his team had a 3-7 record when he pitched as an underdog last season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:11 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Betting Trends

  • Last season the Royals had the No. 24 offense in baseball scoring 4.1 runs per game (248 total runs).
  • The Royals won eight of the nine games they were the moneyline favorite last season (88.9%).
  • Kansas City won all three games it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -150 or shorter.
  • Kansas City had an over/under set by bookmakers 58 times last year, and combined with opponents to go over the total in 20 of those games (20-35-3).

Rangers Betting Trends

  • The Rangers won 17, or 35.4%, of the 48 games they played as underdogs last season.
  • Texas had a record of 7-20 in games where sportsbooks had them as underogs of at least +128 on the moneyline.
  • Last season, Texas and its opponents hit the over in 31 of their 60 games with a total.

Royals Players to Watch

  • Salvador Perez hit 11 home runs and had 32 runs batted in last season, while putting up a batting average of .333.
  • Whit Merrifield hit .286 with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 12 walks.
  • Merrifield ranked fifth in hits among qualified hitters in MLB play.

Royals Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 248 .286 38 9 31 .328 .772
Adalberto Mondesi 219 .256 33 6 22 .294 .710
Hanser Alberto 219 .283 35 3 22 .306 .699
Carlos Santana 210 .200 35 8 30 .345 .693
Hunter Dozier 158 .234 29 6 12 .349 .748
Salvador Pérez 150 .333 22 11 32 .353 .986
Jorge Soler 149 .228 17 8 24 .326 .769
Michael A. Taylor 92 .196 11 5 16 .245 .669
Ryan McBroom 81 .247 8 6 10 .282 .788
Jarrod Dyson 61 .180 9 0 5 .231 .411

Rangers Players to Watch

  • Nick Solak finished with a .268 average, two home runs and 23 RBI last season.
  • Solak did not rank in the top 10 in average and home runs among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Joey Gallo is batting .181 last season with a team-high 10 home runs and 26 RBI.
  • Gallo did not rank in the top 20 in SLG and OBP among qualified hitters in the majors.

Rangers Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 211 .280 28 3 10 .329 .699
Nick Solak 209 .268 27 2 23 .326 .670
Joey Gallo 193 .181 23 10 26 .295 .673
Leody Taveras 119 .235 20 4 6 .316 .719
Willie Calhoun 100 .190 3 1 13 .231 .491
David Dahl 93 .183 9 0 9 .222 .469
Khris Davis 85 .200 9 2 10 .303 .632
Ronald Guzmán 78 .244 10 4 9 .314 .750
Jose Trevino 76 .250 10 2 9 .280 .714
Nate Lowe 67 .224 10 4 11 .297 .730

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