Royals vs Rangers: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 4, 2021

Posted By Staff on April 4, 2021

The Kansas City Royals (2-0) have a 2-0 series lead and will look for a sweep of the Texas Rangers (0-2) on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are favored (-182) against the underdog Rangers (+155) in the matchup, which starts at 2:10 PM ET. Kansas City’s Brady Singer and Texas’ Jordan Lyles pitch first for their squads in this matchup.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 4, 2021, 3:00 AM 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:

Singer (KC) Pitcher Lyles (TEX)
4 – 5 W/L 1 – 6
64.1 IP 57.2
4.06 ERA 7.02
1.170 WHIP 1.560
8.5 K/9 5.6
3.2 BB/9 3.6

Royals Probable Starter Brady Singer

  • Singer will start for the Royals, his first this season.
  • The 24-year-old righty started and threw seven innings when he last appeared on Sunday, Sept. 27 against the Tigers.
  • Singer and his team did not lose a game he pitched when they were favored on the moneyline a season ago (in three chances).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 4, 2021 at 6:07 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rangers Probable Starter Jordan Lyles

  • Lyles has been named the starter for the Rangers and will make his first start this season.
  • The last time the 30-year-old pitched was on Sunday, Sept. 27 against the Astros. The righty threw three innings as the starter in that matchup.
  • Lyles and his team won three of the games he started as the moneyline underdog last season, with a record of 3-7.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 4, 2021 at 6:07 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Lyles

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Jarrod Dyson 7 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Jorge Soler 4 .000 0 0 0 .200 .200
Salvador Perez 2 .500 1 1 2 .667 2.667

Royals Betting Trends

  • Last season the Royals scored the 24th-most runs in baseball (248 total, 4.1 per game).
  • The Royals were the moneyline favorite nine total times last season. They went 8-1 in those games.
  • Kansas City played as a moneyline favorite of -182 or shorter in only one game last season, which they won.
  • Kansas City played in 58 games with set over/under, and combined with opponents to go over the total 20 times (20-35-3).

Rangers Betting Trends

  • The Rangers were underdogs 48 times last season and won 17, or 35.4%, of those games.
  • Texas had a record of 6-8 in games where oddsmakers had them as underogs of at least +155 on the moneyline.
  • Texas’ games went over the total in 31 of their 60 chances last season.

Royals Players to Watch

  • Salvador Perez had a batting average of .333, with 11 home runs and 32 runs batted in last season.
  • Whit Merrifield hit .286 with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 12 walks.
  • Merrifield ranked fifth in hits among qualifying 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
Hanser Alberto 219 .283 35 3 22 .306 .699
Carlos Santana 210 .200 35 8 30 .345 .693
Nicky Lopez 169 .201 15 1 13 .286 .552
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 last season with two home runs, 23 RBI and a batting average of .268.
  • Solak was not in the top 25 in SLG and OBP among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa collected 59 hits, posted an OBP of .329 and a .370 SLG.
  • Kiner-Falefa was not among league leaders in hits and batting average 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
Brock Holt 95 .211 12 0 5 .283 .557
David Dahl 93 .183 9 0 9 .222 .469
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
Eli White 48 .188 5 0 3 .231 .460

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