I really like Mike Minor and feel he doesn't really get that much respect. Sure he's 3-3 but he's had some bad luck where his team hasn't giving him the best run support. His strike outs are up and he's doing a great job limiting hard contact and I really think Lopez is a gas can that will explode against a lineup like the Rangers. I'm blown away at this line and think the rangers really should be in the neighborhood of -170 so I'm on the rangers here. Lopez has a wOBA of .361 and ISO of .235 to left handed batters (his numbers aren't much better against righties) and this Ranger team is stacked with power left handed bats. I may even throw in a runline bet here since the Rangers are away get their 9th innnig at bat no matter what.
I like Texas on the First 5 for this one at -105. KC has an F5 record of 3-8 vs LHP and ranks 28th in OPS vs LHP over the last month and the unlikely ace of the Rangers, Mike Minor has a 2.25 ERA in the first 5 innings. Jorge Lopez has a 10.13 F5 ERA + TEX ranks 6th in OPS vs RHP over the last month and are 4th in F5 runs in this span.
The plus money is tempting considering the way the Rangers have lost 5 in a row, but it's tough to back Lopez with the way he's pitched this season. The Rangers have a clear pitching advantage in this game and should be able to snap their losing streak on the road today.