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(4-1) Kansas City Royals vs. (2-4) Houston Astros
Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Chris Young vs. Collin McHugh
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9
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This is a playoff rematch from a year ago. The Royals have once again gotten off to a hot start while Houston is not exactly looking like a team bound for the World Series. Yes of course it is still very early in the season so it is way too early to panic. However, a turnaround against the Royals would be exactly what this team needs.
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The Royals don’t seem to be having much of a hangover after taking the World Series last year. This team made a few changes over the offseason but if you look at the way things have played out this season the formula is still in place to win close games late.
The sample size is small but they are struggling at the dish, only one regular is batting better than .250.
That would be Salvador Perez, who also leads with a couple of dingers. Maybe this is the year he puts it all together.
Chris Young has just one start and collected the only loss for the Royals this season. The tall righty did not pitch great but you are not going to win any games when your team gets shutout.
Young did pitch against Houston in relief in the playoffs and was solid over three innings. He is typical of the kind of guys the Royals want. Just give them six innings of pretty good pitching and then hand it over the bullpen.
He put an 11-6 record with that formula last year.
Last year the Astros came out of nowhere but this season everyone sees them coming. They have not gotten off to a good start but this will be their first home series and a great chance at some early redemption.
One thing that has not changed from a year ago is that this team can take you deep. They are third in the league in homers with 12 through six games. Encouraging has been that three have come from phenom Carlos Correa. They also have three from rookie Tyler White.
After one start Collin McHugh has an era of 135. I know that does not seem possible but he gave up five ER while recording just one out in his lone start against the Yankees.
Given that he won 19 games a year ago I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and getting back down to Texas where it is warm should help.
McHugh made two starts against the Royals in the playoffs last year, one good, one so-so. He just has to do a better job keeping the ball in the park.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- KC are 20-6 in their last 26 overall.
- KC are 20-6 in their last 26 games on grass.
- KC are 9-4 in their last 13 road games.
- Over is 7-1 in HOU last 8 overall.
- Over is 7-1 in HOU last 8 on grass.
- HOU are 46-20 in their last 66 home games.
Free Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
This is an exciting series to kick off the week. Playoff rematches are always fun but this is also a pivotal one for the Astros, including their home opener.
There is some decent value with Houston but you are getting a nice dose of that as well with the Royals. It is hard to handicap that awesome bullpen because you never know if they are going to get to use it the way they want to.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston -130
I am in the camp of believing that McHugh bounces back to respectability in this one. Further, I have never been a fan of Chris Young.
I know it is not fair to compare him to the great Randy Johnson but I just don’t get how he does not get more swings and misses. Houston will come out in front of their home fans for the first time this season and give them a decent show.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 6 – Kansas City 3
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