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2018 MLB Season
(22-52) Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros (50-26)
Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston Texas
Projected Pitchers: Danny Duffy vs. Dallas Keuchel
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -305 | Royals +270
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 (-145)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Kansas City Royals
Duffy was disastrous in his last outing as he was tagged with his seventh loss of the season against the Houston Astros. He went six innings giving up seven hits, six earned runs, and one home run while he struck out five and walked three.
On the season the lefty owns a low strikeout rate (7.51 K/9), a high walk rate (4.35 BB/9), and a high home run rate (1.85 HR/9). It is hard to expect him to improve much when his .292 BABIP is right around his career average, while his 5.55 ERA is right around his 5.58 FIP.
It has been a rough week for Kansas City as they’ve lost all six of their contests. During that span their lineup is only slashing .194/.258/.277 to go with 11 extra-base hits and 14 RBI.
Keuchel was solid in his last outing at he was able to put in a quality start while picking up his fourth win of the season against the Kansas City. He went six innings giving up six hits and two runs (zero unearned), while striking out five and walking one.
Keuchel’s strikeouts (7.02 K/9) are down from last year and his home runs (1.19 HR/9) are up from last year, but he has done well keeping the walks (2.27 BB/9) to a minimum. His .297 BABIP is right around his career average, while he 4.15 ERA is right around his 4.04 FIP, so I don’t expect too much improvement from him.
The hottest team in baseball has been on a tear as they have won six of their seven contests in the past week. During that span their lineup is tearing the cover off of the ball as they are slashing .315/.371/.519 to go with 26 extra-base hits and 41 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings.
- KC are 19-47 in their last 66 overall.
- Over is 17-4 in HOU last 21 games following a win.
- Over is 19-6-1 in HOU last 26 overall.
- Over is 19-6-1 in HOU last 26 on grass.
Free Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: Houston edges out Kansas City at home
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Royals +1.5 & UNDER 8.5
Houston is 16-20 ATS at home, while Kansas City is 19-16 ATS on the road. This is a redemption match for Duffy who was clobbered by Houston and outdone by Keuchel just a week ago, so I expect a more results from the veteran. Its a dangerous thing opposing this Houston squad so go against them with caution, but this total should stay under the threshold.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Astros 4 – Royals 3
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