Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/16/14
Kansas City Royals (4-7) at Houston Astros (5-8)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-0) (3.552) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (1-1) (3.750)
The Line: Houston Astros +120 / Kansas City Royals -130 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-HOU, FS-KC
The Kansas City Royals play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night.
The Royals defeated Houston in the first of three games last night 4-2. Kansas City came into this series with Houston batting .189 on the road this season and managing only 9 runs. They managed 4 runs and 7 hits, while their young pitcher, Ventura, pitched a great game. Overall, the Royals are hitting .239 and have scored 32 runs and have a major league-worst one home run. Hosmer is 6 of 22 on the road while Billy Butler is 1 for 21 away from Kansas City. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals on Wednesday night. Guthrie is 2-0, giving up 5 runs and 11 hits in 12.2 innings of work this season. Guthrie has struck out 7 batters and walked 5. Guthrie has been hit by the Astros lineup in limited at bats, but Guthrie is 3-0 in his last 3 games against the Astros. The Royals earned their first win on the road last night.
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The Houston Astros lost the opening game of the series against Kansas City 4-2 last night. The Houston Astros are 5-9 on the season, having lost 9 of their last 12 overall and 5 of their last 6 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. Dallas Keuchel is headed to the hill for the Astros on Wednesday, after winning his last game out. Keuchel is 1-1 on the year, allowing 5 runs on 13 hits over 12 innings of work. Keuchel has struck out 11 while walking 4 batters in his first two games of the season. Kuechel is 1-2 in the last 3 games against the Royals. Houston needs the offense to produce so that Keuchel can gain some confidence and go for the long haul.
The Royals have won 12 of 17 over Houston and they went 4-2 versus the Astros in 2013. I think Houston is a mess right now and Guthrie will come out with a solid performance. Meanwhile, the Royals bats will get enough production to come away with another win.