Rangers visit the Royals to begin 3-game series
Texas Rangers (34-37, second in the AL West) vs. Kansas City Royals (26-45, fifth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Monday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Martin Perez (5-2, 1.96 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 71 strikeouts); Royals: Kris Bubic (1-4, 7.41 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 31 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rangers -138, Royals +117; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals host the Texas Rangers to open a three-game series.
Kansas City has gone 13-23 in home games and 26-45 overall. The Royals have the 10th-ranked team on-base percentage in the AL at .303.
Texas has a 34-37 record overall and a 17-17 record on the road. The Rangers have a 20-5 record in games when they scored at least five runs.
The matchup Monday is the fourth meeting between these teams this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Andrew Benintendi has 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 25 RBI while hitting .295 for the Royals. Bobby Witt Jr. is 10-for-40 with two doubles, a triple and three home runs over the past 10 games.
Adolis Garcia leads the Rangers with 15 home runs while slugging .487. Nate Lowe is 10-for-37 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 6-4, .226 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored opponents by one run
Rangers: 5-5, .231 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by two runs
INJURIES: Royals: Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (neck), Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (blister), Salvador Perez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Joel Payamps: 15-Day IL (covid-19), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Rangers: Matt Bush: 15-Day IL (forearm), Eli White: 60-Day IL (wrist), Jonathan Hernandez: 60-Day IL (elbow)