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Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers Pick & Prediction MAY 12TH 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: Bally Sports Network
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Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager is an established star, and Kansas City Royals rookie Bobby Witt Jr. projects to be a star.

The two have had their moments in the first two games of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won the opener 6-4 on Tuesday, and the Royals bounced back for an 8-2 victory on Wednesday.

The rubber match will be Thursday night, with the Royals going with right-hander Jon Heasley in his first appearance of the season, and the Rangers turning to left-hander Taylor Hearn (1-2, 6.53 ERA).

Seager has three homers in the series. Witt had his first big-league three-RBI game on Wednesday.

Witt, who grew up a Rangers fan after his father, Bobby Witt Sr., played for Texas from 1986-92 and 1995-98, has about 100 family members and friends attending the series.

"Pretty much every Opening Day, I was able to go," Witt Jr. said on the Royals' pregame radio show.

Witt also attended the Rangers' World Series games in 2010 and '11.

"Good to see him do something for his family and friends," said Royals infielder Whit Merrifield, who had three hits and four runs on Wednesday.

Witt made a memory with his two-run double on his father's 58th birthday.

In Texas' Tuesday win, Seager enjoyed his first multi-homer game with the Rangers, the 11th of his career.

"He's Mr. Dependable," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday in a pregame radio interview. "You know he's going up there with a plan."

In his two-homer game, Seager launched an opposite-field home run in the first inning. In his next at-bat, he pulled a homer to right.

Seager, who signed a 10-year, $325 million deal in the offseason, is starting to live up to the hype after hitting just .243 with one homer through his first 17 games.

"You know he's going to come out of it," Woodward said.

A lack of run production has plagued the Royals, who rank next-to-last in the major in runs and homers.

On Wednesday night, Merrifield ended a homerless drought of 255 at-bats that dated to Aug. 28, 2021.

"We got some guys pressing," Merrifield said. "Guys are struggling."

For the Thursday series finale, Kansas City is calling up Heasley from Triple-A Omaha for the start. In six minor-league starts this season, he is 1-0 with a 4.44 ERA. Heasley made three major-league starts in 2021, going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

Heasley grew up in Plano, Texas, about a 30-minute drive from Arlington.

"My dad's company always had a deal with the Rangers, so we would always go to Opening Day," Heasley said.

Texas, meanwhile, is going with Hearn.

The 6-foot-6 southpaw last pitched on May 1, when he beat the Atlanta Braves after giving up two runs and striking out six in five innings.

Hearn is set to start at home for the fifth time in six starts this year. In his first four outings at Globe Life Field, he is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA.

With catcher Mitch Garver on the injured list due to a flexor strain, Sam Huff, the Rangers' 11th-rated prospect, was promoted to back up Jonah Heim, who is getting most of the work behind the plate.

Huff made the start on Wednesday, going 1-for-3. Heim is expected to be behind the plate for Hearn.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Kansas City Royals
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5
Texas Rangers

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers Recap JUN 27TH 2021

Joey Gallo had an early two-run home run and Jordan Lyles earned his first win in a month and a half as the Texas Rangers defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas to complete a three-game sweep.

The Rangers have won four of their past five games while Kansas City has lost five straight. Texas concluded a 10-game homestand, going a combined 5-5 against the Twins, Athletics and Royals. The Rangers outscored Kansas City 21-5 over the teams' series.

Lyles (3-5) garnered the victory for the Rangers, allowing a run and scattering seven hits in seven innings of work. Lyles fanned four and did not walk a batter while producing his first win since May 17; he has had four no-decisions and two losses in the six weeks since.

Spencer Patton worked the eighth for the Rangers before Ian Kennedy threw a perfect ninth, striking out two, for his 13th save.

Texas jumped to the lead in the bottom of the first and was never headed. A triple by Adolis Garcia drove home Isiah Kiner-Falefa before Gallo's opposite-field home run, his 16th of the season, scored Garcia in front of him. Both run-scoring hits came on no-ball, two-strike counts.

Whit Merrifield's single in the fifth plated Kelvin Gutierrez and cut Kansas City's deficit to 3-1. Merrifield paced the Royals with three of their eight hits.

The Rangers responded in the sixth and rebuilt their advantage to three runs when Eli White scored on Gutierrez's throwing error on a grounder to third base.

Texas managed just four hits in the game, two by Garcia.

Brady Singer (3-6) took the loss for the Royals, surrendering three runs, two of them earned, and four hits in five innings of work. Singer struck out five and walked three in defeat, which stretched his winless streak to five straight starts while lowering his ERA from 5.06 to 4.70 in that span.

Jake Brentz, Scott Barlow and Greg Holland each worked an inning in relief for Kansas City.

--Field Level Media

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