Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Picks and Predictions June 23rd 2024

Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals MLB Sun, Jun 23, 14:35 pm.
Texas Rangers
ML: -165
4
0
Kansas City Royals
ML: 140
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Rangers Get Boost with Return of Max Scherzer vs. Royals

The Texas Rangers are in for a major boost with the return of Max Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young Award winner, making his 2024 season debut on Sunday. As the Rangers look to complete their first three-game series sweep of the season against the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas, Scherzer’s comeback has fans and teammates buzzing with excitement and high expectations.

Max Scherzer’s Return to the Mound

At 39 years old, Max Scherzer is starting his 17th major league season, fresh off leading the Rangers to their first World Series championship last year. With an incredible career record of 214-108 and a 3.15 ERA, Scherzer’s presence on the mound is a big deal. Last season, he posted a 4-2 record with a 3.20 ERA in eight starts before being sidelined by a teres major strain and back pain.

Injury and Rehabilitation

Scherzer had herniated disc surgery in December and started the 2024 season on the injured list due to a nerve issue in his thumb. His rehab journey included three starts for Triple-A Round Rock, where he recorded a 4.91 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 11 innings. To ensure he was fully ready, Scherzer’s return was delayed by a day to avoid any risk of arm injuries due to grip strength issues.

Scherzer’s Perspective

Being sidelined for the first three months of the season hasn’t been easy for Scherzer. With the Rangers sitting at a 36-40 record and in third place in the AL West, he’s eager to make a difference. “I just want to go out there and compete and help the team win,” Scherzer expressed, reflecting his determination to get back in the game and contribute.

Matchup Against the Royals

Scherzer has a strong track record against Kansas City, boasting a 12-5 record and a 3.34 ERA in 22 career starts. The Royals, struggling offensively, will have their hands full facing the seasoned right-hander.

Alec Marsh’s Challenge

Starting for the Royals will be Alec Marsh, who holds a 5-4 record with a 4.37 ERA. Marsh has had mixed results recently, including an impressive seven-inning shutout against the Yankees but also a tough outing against Oakland where he gave up seven runs in just over three innings.

Rangers’ Recent Success

The Rangers have dominated the first two games of the series, highlighted by a commanding 6-0 victory on Saturday. Key moments included Wyatt Langford’s grand slam and Jon Gray’s dominant pitching. Langford’s homer broke open a tight game, giving the Rangers enough cushion to rest closer Kirby Yates.

Royals’ Offensive Struggles

The Royals have dropped to 2-6 on their nine-game road trip, managing just a season-low three hits in the latest game. Despite their offensive woes, Michael Wacha’s solid performance, allowing only one run on three hits over five innings, was a bright spot.

Conclusion

Max Scherzer’s return marks a crucial moment for the Texas Rangers as they aim for a series sweep against the Kansas City Royals. Scherzer’s expertise and skills are expected to provide a significant boost to the Rangers’ performance. Sunday’s matchup promises to be an exciting game, with both teams striving to overcome their respective challenges and secure a win.

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spread
moneyline
over/under
Texas Rangers
-1.5
120
-165
O 8
-110
Kansas City Royals
+1.5
-145
140
U 8
-110
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