Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals ALDS Game 4 - 10/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (96-69) at Houston Astros (89-77)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Y Ventura (13-9) (4.19) vs. L McCullers (6-7) (3.22)
The Line: Houston Astros -140 / Kansas City Royals +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports
The Houston Astros look to move on to the ALCS with another win versus the Kansas City Royals on Monday.
The Kansas City Royals fell to the Astros 4-2 on Sunday and now trail the ALDS 2-1 and need a win on Monday or spend the remainder of the postseason at home. The offense failed them and the work on the mound wasn’t able to win on their lonesome. Starter Edinson Volquez was charged with three runs on five hits and four BB over 5.2 frames to absorb the loss. The Royals logged seven hits and walked four times with solo homers off the bats of Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon accounting for the scoring. Right hander Yordano Ventura is charged with keeping Kansas City alive in the NLDS with a game four win. Ventura dropped the series opener 5-2 with three runs plated on four hits over two frames.
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The Royals were obvious favorites to knock off the Houston Astros and advance to the ALCS but the underdogs have the upper hand following Sunday’s victory. The Stros moved within a game of winning the ALDS thanks to ace Dallas Keuchel who served up a solo homer and struck out seven through seven innings to pick up the win. The Houston bats didn’t waste the performance with an eight hit, four walk attack seeing Chris Cater go 3-3 with a homer and a pair of runs while Jason Castro smacked a two run single. Rookie Lance McCullers is charged with pitching the Astros in to the ALCS on Monday. McCullers has some decent numbers with a 3.22 ERA but is only 6-7 in 22 starts.
It’s do or die time for Kansas City and Ventura already struggled against this Astros lineup so I don’t know if the Royals are all that confident. On the flip side we have a rookie hurler going for Houston so we don’t have a clue as to how he will handle the pressure. I could make an argument for either and not be confident but I’ll go with the home squad…