Astros at Royals 6/17/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros
Date & Time: 6/17/2018, 6:15 PM UTC
Latest Odds: HOU -250 O/U 9
TV Channel: FSKC

On Sunday, the Houston Astros conclude their current three-game series on the road against the Kansas City Royals.

On Friday, the Astros won the opener between the two teams 7-3 thanks to a grand slam by Evan Gattis that put the Astros into the lead. Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman also went yard for Houston. The win was Houston’s ninth straight and kept them a half game in front of second place Seattle atop the American League West. Charlie Morton was the benefactor of the long ball by his teammates as he raised his season record to 8-1. Morton had control problems, but allowed just four hits and struck out nine while walking four. Jorge Soler fractured his toe and could land on the disabled list for Kansas City.
Jose Altuve has a .337 batting average to lead Houston along with a team high 97 hits. George Springer leads with 14 home runs and Evan Gattis leads with 46 RBIs. Houston has a team batting average of .265, while opposing hitters are averaging just .210 at the plate against Astros pitching. On Sunday, the Astros will send Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound. The right-hander this season is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.83, 81 KS and 32 BBs.

Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with a .291 batting average and team high 75 hits. Mike Moustakas has the team lead in home runs with 13 and RBIs with 45. Kansas City has a team batting average of .244 while opposing hitters are averaging .277 at the plate against Royals pitching. On Sunday, Kansas City will send Brad Keller to the mound. The right-hander this season is 1-2 with an ERA of 2.31, 23 Ks and 13 BBs.

Odds Table

Betting Trends

Houston has won 25 of its last 35 games played

The OVER has cashed in 18 of the Astros last 26 games

Kansas City has lost 25 of its last 35 home games

The UNDER has cashed in 5 of the Royals last 7 games against AL West opponents

Free MLB Pick: Over 9 Runs

Houston has won 4 of McCullers’ last 5 starts, 37 of their last 55 games on the road and 16 of McCullers last 21 starts on 4 days rest. This looks like an easy win by Houston but don't like the price, think the much better play is playing the over. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win easy over game 8-3.


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