Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers 3-18-22

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Kansas City Royals will meet with the Texas Rangers in MLB action in Surprise Stadium Surprise, AZ, on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 4:05 PM ET.

 

The Royals were purposefully left out of the free-agent frenzy before the lockout. Their goal for the 2022 season is to transition their young athletes to the Major Leagues. That includes hitters like Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto, and MJ Melendez, as well as pitchers like Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, and Jon Heasley, who are anticipated to make their debuts this year.

 

That isn’t to say that there aren’t methods to improve the squad from the outside, particularly in the bullpen.

 

Right before the CBA expired on December 1, the Royals acquired right reliever Taylor Clarke to a one-year, $975,000 contract. Clarke, 28, has a career 4.99 ERA after being non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks in late November. The Royals also added depth to their roster by signing seven players to Minor League contracts.

 

Brad Peacock, Daniel Mengden, Colten Brewer, and Arodys Vizcaino, right-handed relief pitchers Brad Peacock, Daniel Mengden, Colten Brewer, and Arodys Vizcaino, left-handed reliever Sam Freeman, infielder Ivan Castillo, and outfielder JaCoby Jones all joined the organization and will most likely be non-roster invitees to Spring Training.

 

  • The KC Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 matches.
  • Kansas City is 18-15 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 19 of the Royals’ 34 last matches at home.

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Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers Predictions 3/18/2022

 

The Rangers approached the offseason after suffering their first 100-loss regular season in 48 years and missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

 

Before the lockout began, general manager Chris Young and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels made good on their vow to be proactive and competitive in free agency, agreeing to sign half a billion dollars in free agents.

 

Before the CBA’s expiration, Texas was one of the busiest clubs in baseball, but there’s still work to be done in Arlington before Opening Day. Before the lockout, the Rangers had one of, if not the most, active free agency times, most notably by acquiring the future middle-infield combo of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

 

With Jon Gray and Kole Calhoun, Texas acquired starting pitching depth and another outfielder. Despite the Rangers’ upgrades in two key spots, there are still holes around the field. Pitching, pitching, and more pitching is the most pressing requirement.

 

While Jon Gray was a welcome addition to the young staff, the rest of the rotation possibilities — Taylor Hearn, Dane Dunning, Glenn Otto, A.J. Alexy, and Spencer Howard — all pitched in the majors for two years or less.

 

  • The Texas Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 matches.
  • The Rangers are 18-18 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 4 of the Rangers’ last 5 matches.

Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers. The MLB pick for this game is the Kansas City Royals. The Royals’ 40-man roster is full, so they’ll have to make a move if they want to add more players.

 

The Royals acquired Melendez and Pratto, as well as shortstop Maikel Garcia and right-handers Jonathan Bowlan, Collin Snider, and Nathan Webb, ahead of the deadline to safeguard Rule 5-eligible players before the lockout.

 

The Rangers now have only 3 arbitration-eligible athletes on their 40-man roster: Hearn, Brett Martin, and Willie Calhoun, after some roster shuffling. None are expected to earn more than Calhoun, who is expected to earn $1.6 million. The Kansas City Royals will win to a predicted score of 5-3.

 

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Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 4:05 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Friday, March 18, 2022

 

Date: Surprise Stadium Surprise, AZ

 

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

 

MLB Odds: Kansas City Royals +105

 

MLB Totals: 7.5

 

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