Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros ALDS Game Two - 10/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (87-76) at Kansas City Royals (95-67)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
S Kazmir (7-11) (3.10) vs. J Cueto (11-13) (3.44)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -140 / Houston Astros +130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports
The Kansas City Royals continue their ALDS with the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium Friday.
The Houston Astros were not given much of a chance in the ALDS but I’m sure they have the attention of the Royals following a 5-2 win in the series opener Thursday. Starter Collin McHugh improved to 20-7 on the season with both runs plated on four hits including a pair of solo jacks over six frames. The Astros pounded out eleven hits and walked three times with Colby Rasmus smacking a two run homer while George Springer went deep and scored twice followed by Jose Altuve with a run and RBI. Left hander Scott Kazmir toes the rubber in game two of the ALDS against Kansas City. Kazmir has pitched better then his record of 7-11 with a 1.21 WHIP and solid 3.10 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals are the favorite to make a return to the World Series but they will need to regroup following Thursday’s defeat to visiting Houston in game one of the ALDS. Starter Yordano Ventura had finished the season strong but was charged with three runs on four hits through two innings to absorb the loss. The Royals offense was silent with six hits and a base on balls with Kendrys Morales supplying all the scoring with a pair of solo jacks. Kansas City turns to prized acquisition Johnny Cueto for Friday’s start against Houston in the ALDS. In 13 starts with the Royals Cueto has gone 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA.
The under is 6-1-2 in Houston’s last 9 Friday games while the Astros are 19-41 in their last 60 road games and 3-8 in Kazmir’s last 11 starts. The under is 6-2 in Kansas City’s last 8 overall and the under is 6-2 in Kansas City’s last 8 on grass while the Royals are 6-2 in their last 8 playoff home games. Houston are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. No line is out yet but I lean over and will update…