Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/15/14
Kansas City Royals (4-7) at Houston Astros (5-8)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Yordano Ventura (R) (0-0) (0.000) vs. Lucas Harrell (R) (0-2) (11.050)
The Line: Houston Astros +135 / Kansas City Royals -145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-KAN, CSN-HOU
The Kansas City Royals play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.
The Kansas City Royals dropped to 4-7 on the year after getting swept by the Minnesota Twins this past weekend. Kansas City is batting .189 on the road this season and has only managed 9 runs. Overall, the Royals are hitting .239 and have scored 32 runs and have a major league-worst one home run. Hosmer is 4 of 19 on the road while Billy Butler is 1 for 18 away from Kansas City. Yordano Ventura had a great season debut for the Royals but did not get enough support to earn his first major league victory. Ventura have up two hits, walked none and struck out six over six innings of work against Tampa Bay but did not get a decision in a 1-0 defeat. Ventura will try to help the Royals snap a 0-5 start on the road when they begin a three-game series against the offensively challenged Astros on Tuesday night.
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The Houston Astros are 5-8 on the season, having lost 8 of their last 11 overall and 4 of their last 5 at home since opening the season with back-to-back wins over the New York Yankees. The Astros are batting just .189 with a slugging percentage of .354. Houston was held scoreless for the second time in three games on Sunday, a 1-0 loss against Texas. Lucas Harrell will take the mound for the Astros. Harrell has lost both of his outings so far this year and he hasn’t looked good at all. Harrell has given up 5 runs, 7 hits and 3 walks in each of his first two starts while failing to pitch more than 4 1/3 innings.
The Royals have won 11 of 16 over Houston and they went 4-2 versus the Astros in 2013. Kansas City has a good chance of getting their bats going against a struggling pitcher on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Astros will have trouble hitting Ventura, a pitcher that no one on the roster has faced before. I think the Royals get back on track and earn themselves a win on Tuesday in Houston.