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2021 MLB Handicapping
(70-47) Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals (49-67)
Date: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Projected Pitchers: Framber Valdez (HOU) vs. Daniel Lynch (KC)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -208 Royals +160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5, Royals +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The Astros will be in Kansas City to take on the Royals for game 2 Tuesday at 8:10 ET. Game 1 is Monday at 8:10 ET.
Framber Valdez is going for the Astros and Daniel Lynch gets the ball for the Royals.
These 2 teams have not played yet this year.
The Astros have had a good season so far and they are definitely one of the best teams in the American League.
They are still in 1st place of the American League West with a record of 70-47. They lead the Athletics by 2.5 games.
Houston could not complete the sweep of the Angels on Sunday as they lost 3-1. In those games, the Astros scored 12 runs and allowed 6 runs.
Lance McCullers Jr. went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on Sunday.
Framber Valdez has been quite good this year. He is 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA. His last start was against the Rockies where he went 6 innings and allowed 1 earned run. Houston won that game 5-1.
Pitching for this team has been good this year. They have an ERA of 3.62 which is 4th best in baseball.
Their offense is very balanced and powerful. They are scoring 5.36 runs per game which is the best in baseball.
Houston has hit 159 home runs which is 7th best in the majors.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals have not had a great season so far. There have not been many good things to say about this team so far.
They are last in the American League Central with a record of 49-67. The White Sox lead them by 18 games.
Kansas City got swept in a 3 game series with the Cardinals over the weekend. In those games, the Royals scored 6 runs and allowed 22 runs.
Kris Bubic went 1.1 innings and allowed 7 earned runs on Sunday.
Daniel Lynch is 2-3 with a 5.97 ERA. His last start was against the Yankees where he went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 earned runs.
The pitching has killed this team at times this year. They have an ERA of 4.95 which is 27th best in baseball.
Offense is the best part of their game. They are scoring 4.08 runs per game.
Kansas City has hit 116 home runs which is 28th best in the game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Astros are 66-30 in their last 96 games vs. the American League Central.
- Royals are 20-41 in their last 61 games overall.
- Royals are 82-177 in their last 259 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Royals are 6-13 in their last 19 during game 2 of a series.
- Royals are 17-53 in their last 70 games vs. the American League West.
Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
I look for the Astros to keep up their good play and win this one. I have very little confidence with the Royals here.
Houston is the much better team and they should not lose to a team like this. They need to keep up their good play if they wish to stay atop of their division.
I look for Valdez to keep up his good pitching in this one. I believe Houston will be able to hit around Lynch in this game.
I like the Astros on the run line in this game.
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