Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/26/14
Houston Astros (18-32) at Kansas City Royals (24-24)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Scott Feldman (R) (2-2) (3.024) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (2-4) (2.799)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -167 / Houston Astros +157 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, CSN-HOU, FSN-KC
The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals will begin a three-game series Monday night at Kaufmann Stadium. The Royals swept the Astros when they played earlier this season.
The Astros split a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners and have split their last 10 games overall. The Astros have scored 13 runs in their last two games and are 18-6 when scoring more than three runs this season. That hasn’t exactly been consistent for the Astros, as they’re 27th in runs scored and 28th in ERA. Jose Altuve has nine hits in his last four games and George Springer has a seven-game hitting streak going. Getting the nod Monday is Scott Feldman, who is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. Feldman is 4-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 career games against the Royals.
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The Royals have lost six of their last 10 games and are now one game below a .500 record. Although the Royals pitching staff has the ninth best ERA, they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Royals are 6-19 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Omar Infante is expected to return from the DL and Alex Gordon has four hits in his last three games. Yordano Ventura will get the start, and he’s 2-4 with a 2.80 ERA and has 56 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. This is Ventura’s second career start against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-4 in Feldman's last 5 starts as an underdog and 16-45 in their last 61 games as an underdog. The Royals are 0-4 in Ventura's last 4 starts as a favorite and 51-25 in their last 76 games as a favorite. The Astros are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Kansas City.
There's no value in taking the KC ML, which forces me to take the under. Both pitchers have been solid all season long and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.