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(4-2) Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros (3-4)
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2016
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Kris Medlen vs. Mike Fiers
MLB Moneyline Odds: Royals +125 / Astros -140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Royals +1.5 -170 / Astros -1.5 +150
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The defending champion Royals had their 3-game winning streak snapped in their last game and both them and the Astros are in 2nd place in their respective divisions.
While the Astros are in 2nd place in the AL West they are still 1 game under .500. They got off to a poor start, but have won 2 of their last 3 games.
In yesterday’s Game 1 of this series the Astros beat the Royals 8-2.
The Astros have won 5 of their last 6 home games facing the Royals.
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The Royals pitching has been pretty solid this season ranking 8th in team ERA, but the Astros tagged them up for 8 runs on 14 hits in yesterday’s loss. Their offense ranks tied for 22nd in runs scored and while they did have 12 hits in yesterday’s game they left 9 men on base.
The Royals are batting .200 this season with only 1 HR with men in scoring position.
Kris Medlen makes his season debut tonight and last season he was 6-2 with an ERA of 4.02 in 15 appearances including 8 starts.
The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 games when Medlen has gotten the start.
The Royals have lost 4 straight regular season games against the Astros in Houston.
While the Astros’ pitching was solid last season they only rank 27th in the Majors so far this season in team ERA. However, they do rank 5th in runs scored.
While Colorado rookie Trevor Story has been getting the headlines with 7 HR already Houston rookie Tyler White is also off to a red-hit start going 12 for 22 with 3 HR and 9 RBI.
Mike Fiers (0-0 9.00 ERA) gets the start for the Astros in this AL match up and he was less than stellar in his season debut giving up 5 earned runs in 5 innings in taking a no decision in a 8-5 road loss to the New York Yankees.
Fiers came to the Astros in a late July trade for the Brewers and he was lights out at home going 1-0 with an ERA of only 1.67 in 4 starts.
He has only 1 start against the Royals and it was last season when he was with the Brewers and gave up 6 earned runs in a 10-2 Milwaukee loss.
The Astros have lost their last 4 games when Fiers has gotten the start.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Royals are 20-7 in their last 27 overall.
- Royals are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Royals are 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Astros are 47-20 in their last 67 home games.
- Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
- Astros have an Over record of 8-1 in their last 9 games.
Free Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Tough call in this one, but at home and facing Kansas City’s 5th starters I have to take the Astros.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: OVER the Number
In 4 of the last 5 games between these teams, including the first game of this series, the total has gone Over and that trend will continue in this game.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 7 – Kansas City 5
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