Royals at Astros - 10/12/15 ALDS Game Four 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 1
The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros play game four of the ALDS Monday.
The Kansas City Royals need a victory to force a deciding game five on Wednesday. The Royals are simply struggling on the offensive side, as they’ve scored just two runs in two of the first three games. Ben Zobrist leads Kansas City with five hits, Kendrys Morales has homered twice and Salvador Perez has two RBI. The Royals have lost 10 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs, and they’re coming off a game three loss in which they left 10 guys on base. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals pitching staff has allowed 13 runs and struck out 33 batters in this series. Yordano Ventura gets the ball, 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.
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The Houston Astros look to advance to their first championship series since the 2005 season. The Astros continue to be a confident bunch, and a lot of that has to do with a pitching staff that’s allowed two or less runs in three of four playoff games. The Astros have now won nine straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, George Springer and Chris Carter have combined for 10 hits and four RBI while Colby Rasmus has hit three homers. The Astros are really playing solid baseball right now on both sides of the field. Lance McCullers takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 3.22 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. This is McCullers’ second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 4 of a series and 9-3 in Venturas last 12 starts. The Astros are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series and 1-6 in McCullers' last 7 starts. The Royals are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings.
The Astros just have that feeling that I was getting from the Royals last season. A team that just has a certain swagger and doesn't think it can lose. The last thing you want is to allow this series to go five games. I see Houston ending this thing here.