The Royals entered the weekend in bad form, having lost 15 of their past 19 games, while the Rangers have been in bad form when Jordan Lyles has taken the mound, with losses in each of his past five starts.
Lyles has given up at least two runs in 13 of his 15 pitching appearances and has allowed five home runs in his past three starts. Opponents are getting 10.5 hits and 3.1 walks per nine innings off him this season, and he has posted a 5.91 ERA at home.
The Royals send Brady Singer, who’s done a solid job of keeping the ball in the yard, with 0.9 home runs per nine innings surrendered. He also is issuing 3.8 walks per nine innings to go with a 3-5 record with a 4.77 ERA. Singer enters in good recent form, allowing three runs or fewer n his past four starts.
The Rangers entered the weekend having scored the fewest runs per game at home among all American League teams with 3.76, while the Royals’ 3.67 runs per game on the road is the second-fewest among American League teams.
The Rangers’ bullpen ranked 27th in the MLB in ERA the past 30 days with a 5.55, so the Royals should be able to bust out with the bats and leave Arlington, Texas, with a win.
The play: Royals, -105.