Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals ALDS Game One - 10/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (87-76) at Kansas City Royals (95-67)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:37 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C McHugh (19-7) (3.89) vs. Y Ventura (13-8) (4.08)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -135 / Houston Astros +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports
Kauffman Stadium and the Kansas City Royals host the Houston Astros in the ALDS opener.
The Houston Astros first foray in to the postseason in recent memory was worth the wait as they went on the road to defeat the Yankees 3-0 on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card game. Starter Dallas Keuchel continued his dominance against the Bronx Bombers with a three hit shutout over six frames while striking out seven with three relievers allowing a walk over the final three innings. The Stros logged five hits and five walks with Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez slamming solo homers while Jose Altuve singling in pinch runner Jonathan Villar.The Astros open the ALDS at Kansas City with Collin McHugh on the mound who faced the Royals once in 2014. McHugh has had a solid campaign with a 19-7 record with a 3.89 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals weren’t playing well to finish the season until ending the year on a five game winning streak. The Royals will be looking for back to back appearances in the World Series after capturing the American League Central for the second straight year. KC didn’t get much fight at all from Detroit who figured to be the main challenger and easily outdistanced second place Minnesota. The Royals were decent on the mound with 3.74 team ERA but were really an offensive team that hit .269 and averaged 4.47 runs with 104 stolen bases. The Royals were just 24th in homers so they were more of a speed team then a power squad. The Royals give the ball to hard thrower Yordani Ventura who will oppose the Astros for the second time in 2015. Ventura has gone 13-8 on the season with an ERA just north of four.
Houston are 19-41 in their last 60 road games and are 26-9 in McHugh’s last 35 starts on grass while the under is 11-5-1 in McHugh’s last 17 starts overall. The under is 6-2 in Kansas City’s last 8 on grass and the under is 6-2 in their last 8 overall while the Royals are 6-2 in their last 8 playoff home games. Houston are 7-2 in the last nine meetings. I think the Royals have the edge if Yordano is on his game…