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Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers

Thu, Apr 20, 2017 (12:06 p.m.)

We’ve entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won the 2015-2016 season, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015. Bern stepped away in the middle of the 2016-2017 season with a 16-12 record and $13,317 bankroll, with Mike Grimala taking his place.

Texas Rangers plus-103 vs. Kansas City Royals: $333 to win $343

Fourteen or 15 games into the season is far enough to make a concentrated effort to buy low on teams that haven’t performed to their abilities. There were a lot of reasons to dislike the Rangers coming into the season, but even then, they looked like a .500 team and not one that’d be sitting at 5-10 after two and a half weeks.

And, sure enough, they’ve played like a .500 team but have gotten unlucky to fall to the second-worst record in the American League. They’ve played better than the Royals, which are fortunate to sit at 7-7 after loading up on a weak home stand against the likes of the Angels and the A’s.

With the Royals and the Twins coming into Globe Life Park this week, it’s now the Rangers’ turn to win a few for the home crowd. And it will be one heck of one tonight for Texas native and TCU graduate Andrew Cashner making his first start for the Rangers.

Cashner is better than the three earned runs he gave up in five innings in his first start of the season. Likewise, Royals starter Danny Duffy isn’t the shutdown pitcher he’s shown early in the season.

Put it all together and Texas has better than a 50 percent chance to win, and shouldn’t be at a plus price.

Current Standings: Grimala (7-11, $8,233), Keefer (41-35-3, $7,867), Granger (13-18-1, $7,727), Brewer (29-29-1, $7,485)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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