Royals vs Rangers: MLB Betting Lines, Stats and Predictions – April 1, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 1, 2021 - Last Updated on April 2, 2021

The Kansas City Royals start their season as home favorites () in a matchup with the Texas Rangers on Thursday at 4:10 PM ET, live on from Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City’s Brad Keller and Texas’ Kyle Gibson have been named the starters for this contest.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 31, 2021, 3:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to place a bet at DraftKings.

Royals vs Rangers Betting Lines

Royals Betting Insights

  • The Royals won eight of the nine games they played as favorites last season.
  • Kansas City played as a favorite of -167 or more once last season and won that game.
  • The bookmakers’ moneyline implies a 60.5% chance of a victory for the Royals.
  • Kansas City and its opponents hit the over in 20 of their 58 games with a total last season.

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Rangers Betting Insights

  • The Rangers were underdogs in 48 games last season and came away with the win 17 times (35.4%) in those contests.
  • Texas had a win-loss record of 7-13 when favored by +145 or worse by sportsbooks last year.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Rangers have a 39.5% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Contests with Texas went over the total set by bookmakers in 31 of 60 chances last season.

Rangers Probable Pitcher – Kyle Gibson

    • Gibson will take the mound to start for the Rangers, his first this season.
    • The 33-year-old righty last appeared Saturday, Sept. 26 against the Astros, when he started and went six scoreless innings.
    • Gibson and his team finished with a 3-7 record in games he appeared in when they were the moneyline underdog a season ago.

Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of March 31, 2021 at 7:57 PM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Royals Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 0-0
Home 0-0
Road 0-0
vs LHP (Starters) 0-0
vs RHP (Starters) 0-0
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 0-0

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Royals Probable Pitcher – Brad Keller

    • Keller will make his first start of the season for the Royals.
    • The last time the 25-year-old righty pitched was on Saturday, Sept. 26, throwing six scoreless innings as the starter against the Tigers.
    • Keller and his team won as favorites in both of his two appearances last season with a moneyline.

Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of March 31, 2021 at 7:57 PM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Rangers Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 0-0
Home 0-0
Road 0-0
vs LHP (Starters) 0-0
vs RHP (Starters) 0-0
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 0-0

Royals Hitting Stats

  • The Royals ranked 20th in baseball with 68 home runs last season. They averaged 1.1 per game.
  • The Royals hit 33 home runs at home last season (1.1 per game).
  • Salvador Perez hit 11 home runs last season, drove in 32 runs and posted a .333 batting average.
  • Whit Merrifield hit .286 with an OBP of .328 and a slugging percentage of .444.

Rangers Hitting Stats

  • The Rangers’ 62 home runs ranked 23rd in Major League Baseball.
  • They hit 35 homers, an average of 1.2 per game, in 30 road contests last season.
  • Nick Solak hit .268 a season ago with 10 doubles, two home runs and 18 walks.
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa had four doubles, three triples, three home runs and 14 walks while batting .280.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick: Royals (-167)

Over/Under Pick: Over (9)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm derived from offensive performance metrics and probable starting pitchers.

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