Astros at Royals - 10/8/15 ALDS Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:37 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura
The Line: --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals play game one of the ALDS Thursday night.
The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 3-0 in their wild card match to get to this point. After homeruns from Carlos Gomez and Colby Rasmus along with solid pitching and defense, it’s clear the young Houston Astros aren’t afraid of the moment. The Astros have now won seven of their last 10 games and are gaining confidence by the minute. The Astros pitching staff struck out 10 batters and allowed just three hits in their wild card victory. However, while Houston passed its first test, 10 of the Astros last 14 losses have come on the road. Collin McHugh gets the nod, and he’s 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. This will be McHugh’s second career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals finished the regular season with a 95-67 record and have won five straight. The Royals are one of the most balanced teams in baseball, as they finished 10th in team ERA and seventh in total runs scored. Kendrys Morales, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each have more than 80 RBI, while the pitching staff has three double-digit winners and three pitchers with triple-digit strikeouts. Also, the Royals are no longer wet behind the ears in terms of experience after making the World Series last season. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 156 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 9-4 in their last 13 games following an off day and 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games. The Royals are 11-4 in their last 15 playoff games and 6-1 in Venturas last 7 home starts. The Astros are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Royals finished the regular season strong, have the rest advantage and if they're anything like the way they were in last year's postseason, they're going to be tough to beat at home. The Astros showed up big in their wild card game, but they don't have their ace on the mound this time around. The Royals also aren't the Yankees.
Give me KC to take game one with Ventura on the hill.