Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals 8/19/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros
Date & Time: 8/19/2021, 6:10 PM UTC
Location: Kauffman Stadium
Latest Odds: HOU -180 Total 9
TV Channel: MLBN

In Thursday afternoon MLB action, the Houston Astros will battle the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium. The Astros (70-50) are looking to snap a four-game losing streak and hold a two-game lead over Oakland for first place in the AL West Division. Last night, Chas McCormick was thrown out at home on a Jose Altuve single to end the game during a 3-2 road loss against Kansas City. 

Twenty-four year old righty Luis Garcia (9-6 3.30 ERA) has been a pleasant surprise for the Astros this season. In his last start, Garcia allowed two runs in six innings during an 8-2 road victory against Los Angeles.

The Kansas City Royals have won the first three games of this series by a 13-9 combined score and are still in last place in the AL Central Division standings. On Wednesday, OF Hunter Dozier put Kansas City ahead to stay with a two-run blast in the seventh inning. SS Nicky Lopez had three hits and scored a run for the Royals (52-67).

The Royals will counter with thirty-three year old left-hander Mike Minor (8-11 5.35 ERA) in the series finale. Kansas City has lost Minor’s last three starts and he has given up 11 runs over his last 18 innings of work.

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Betting Trends

  • Astros are 13-5 in their last 18 Thursday games.
  • Royals are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series.
  • Over is 15-7-1 in Royals last 23 Thursday games.
  • Over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings in Kansas City.
  • Astros are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Kansas City.
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Kansas City SS Adalberto Mondesi is dealing with some scar tissue in his right oblique and hopes to return by the end of the month. Through 120 games, Houston ranks 2nd in OPS and 1st in runs scored. For the season, Kansas City ranks 26th in OPS and 24th in runs scored. Take the over on Thursday. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win 7-5.

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