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Moneyline pick, best player prop for Royals vs. Rangers on Saturday

We go over some of the best betting options for Saturday’s matchup between the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

Kyle Gibson #44 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Field on June 21, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers will continue their three-game set Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Kyle Zimmer will be on the mound for the Royals, while the Rangers will start Kyle Gibson. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.

Royals vs. Rangers, 4:05 p.m. ET, FS1

Moneyline pick: Rangers -157

We have the battle of the Kyles today in the lone star state as Kyle Zimmer will try to snap the Royals’ three-game losing streak and stay undefeated (3-0, 2.48 ERA). Meanwhile, Kyle Gibson will look to stay undefeated too (5-0, 2.17 ERA) and try to get the series win for the Rangers.

Gibson has been dominant this season for Texas and has frankly been their best pitcher by far. The 33-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA and holding opponents to a .197 batting average in seven home starts. That is not good news for a Royals team that is only scoring 3.33 runs per game in their last three games. In those seven starts at Globe Life Field, the Rangers are a perfect 7-0. Not to mention, the Rangers’ offense is averaging 5.8 runs per game in their last five games.

That being said, there may be some temptation to bet on the Royals, who have +135 odds on the moneyline. However, it is tough to trust them in this spot as Zimmer will only pitch a few innings as the team’s opener. The Royals’ bullpen is not the greatest either, sporting an ERA of 4.26 in relief. Take the Rangers as the favorite, which is weird to say because they’re rarely favored this season.

Player Prop: Kyle Gibson under 4.5 strikeouts (+112)

The 33-year-old Gibson is not a strikeout machine but just needs to have command on his pitches to make it through a quality start. The veteran pitcher has gone under 4.5 strikeouts in 7 out of 14 starts, including 2 out of his last 4 starts. He’ll be facing a Royals’ team that doesn’t strikeout often at 7.35 times per game (1st in MLB) and is only averaging 7.75 Ks per game on the road.

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