Astros at Royals 6/16/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/06/2019 at 4:20 PM ET

Astros at Royals 6/16/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

The Houston Astros will look to extend their winning streak to ten when they take on the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon. Last night, SP Charlie Morton fanned nine batters over six frames to lead the Astros to a 7-3 victory against the Royals. Carlos Correa connected on his 12th home run for Houston, who has edged ahead of Seattle for the AL West Division lead.

2015 Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel (3-8 4.45 ERA) has gotten off to a slow start for the Astros. In his last start, Keuchel was tagged for 13 hits and six runs during an 8-7 road victory against Texas. The Kansas City Royals have dropped four straight games and have lost 47 of their first 69 games overall. On Friday, SP Jake Junis (5-7) gave up six runs in five plus innings and was the losing pitcher. Mike Moustakas drove in all three runs for Kansas City, who is currently in last place in the AL Central Division standings.

Kansas City skipper Ned Yost will turn to twenty-nine year old southpaw Danny Duffy (3-6 5.28 ERA) on Saturday. Last time out, Duffy fanned ten batters over seven scoreless frames during a 2-0 victory at Oakland.

Kansas City 1B Lucas Duda is currently on the 10-day disabled list with right foot plantar fasciitis. Through 71 games, Houston ranks 1st in batting average and 1st in runs scored. For the season, Kansas City ranks 16th in batting average and 27th in runs scored. Take the Royals to halt the Astros’ current winning streak. Final Score Prediction, Kansas City Royals win 5-3.

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