Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (55-43) at Kansas City Royals (57-38)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
S Kazmir (5-5) (2.38) vs. J Guthrie (7-5) (5.36)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -148 / Houston Astros +138 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Southwest
The Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros face off on Friday in Kansas City for game one of their MLB series of potential playoff teams.
The Kansas City Royals have the best record in the American League as they set their sites on a return to the World Series. The Royals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 32-17 at home, and they have a 6.5 game lead on the Twins in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .275 with Lorenzo Cain hitting .314, Eric Hosmer hitting .304, and Mike Moustakas hitting .296. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.49 with the starters at 4.27 and the bullpen at 2.21. For game one against the Astros the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who has allowed 124 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 53 over 100.2 innings for a 7-5 record and a 5.36 ERA.
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The Houston Astros continue to contend for a playoff spot and they have won their last four games. The Astros are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 21-26 on the road, and they are one game behind the Angels in the AL West. As a team the Astros are hitting .242 with Jose Altuve hitting .297, George Springer hitting .264, and Evan Gattis hitting .243. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.54 with the starters at 3.96 and the bullpen at 2.67. For game one against the Royals the Astros start Scott Kazmir who was acquired on Thursday via trade with Oakland.
Kansas City is 12-4 in their last 16 games, 16-5 in their last 21 games as a favorite, and 4-0 in Guthrie’s last four starts. Houston is 6-1 in game one of a series, 5-1 in their last six games, and 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog. Houston has won their last six games against Kansas City.
The total is set at 9.0 and I have this one staying under that number and that is my free pick. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.