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2022 MLB Handicapping
(29-49-0) Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros (52-27-0)
Date: Wednesday, July 6th
Time: 08:10 ETPM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park Houston
Projected Pitchers: Brad Keller vs. Cristian Javier
MLB Moneyline Odds: Royals 205 Astros -250
MLB run line Betting Odds: Royals +1.5, Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
Kansas City Royals
Heading into the game, the Kansas City Royals have an overall record of 29-49-0. When playing on the road, the team has gone 15-24. In the AL Central division, Kansas City currently sits 5th So far, the team has gone 34-44-0 vs the runline, while being favored in 26.0% of their games. The Royals’ over-under record is 38-36-4.
For Kansas City, Brad Keller gets the start with an overall record of 3-9. He comes into the game with an elevated ERA of 4.24. So far, he is lasting an average of 5.67 innings per outing, as well as 5.93 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. In terms of walks, he allows an average of 2.96 per 9. In total, Keller has given up 10 home runs.
During the season, the Royals bullpen has received a workload similar to the league average. This group has one of the highest ERA’s among MLB bullpens at 4.72.
Throughout the season, runs have been hard to come by for the Kansas City Royals, as they are averaging just 3.87 per contest. The team comes into the game with an overall run differential of -100.0. On offense, the Royals have a team batting average of 0.240, placing them 17th in the league. Kansas City combined batting average on balls in play is just 0.237. Placing them 23rd. In terms of stolen bases, the Royals are doing so near the league average, at 0.81 per game.
Kansas City has been strong on defense, ranking 4th in fewest errors at 0.44 per game. Currently, the team is ranked 0.81 in double plays turned.
Heading into the game, the Houston Astros have an overall record of 52-27-0. When playing at home, the team has gone 25-11. In the AL West division, Houston currently sits 1st So far, the team has gone 42-37-0 vs the runline, while being favored in 82.0% of their games. The Astros’ over-under record is 27-49-3.
For Houston, Cristian Javier gets the start with an overall record of 6-3. This includes a strong ERA of 2.58 So far, he is lasting an average of 4.61 innings per outing. as well as 12.27 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. In terms of walks, he allows an average of 3.1 per 9. In total, Javier has given up 5 home runs.
Throughout the season, the Astros have not had to turn to their bullpen for major innings. The team’s relief corps has combined for one of the lower ERA’s in the MLB at 2.62.
So far, the Houston Astros have been scoring runs at a rate similar to the league average, at 4.43 runs per game. The team comes into the game with an overall run differential of 91.0. On offense, the Astros have a team batting average of 0.240, placing them 16th in the league. On their balls in play, Houston has the 3rd ranked BABIP of 0.303. With runners on base, the Astros are averaging just 0.72 stolen bases per game.
Houston has been strong on defense, ranking 10th in fewest errors at 0.49 per game. The team’s defense is turning double plays below the league average, at just 0.72 per contest.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Kansas City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Kansas City is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Heading into this game, the pitching matchup heavily favors the Houston Astros. In addition to holding the edge in ERA, Cristian Javier has a better WHIP of 0.96 compared to Brad Keller at 1.33. Keller will be facing an Astros offense with a team batting average of 0.240 (16th). Javier faces a Royals offense that has a batting average of 0.240 (17th).
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