Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/17/14
Kansas City Royals (5-7) at Houston Astros (5-9)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
James Shields (R) (0-2) (2.37) vs. Scott Feldman (R) (2-0) (0.435)
The Line: Houston Astros -110 / Kansas City Royals +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, CSN-HOU
The Kansas City Royals will go for the sweep over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. The Royals won game two, 6-4 in the 11th inning.
The Royals have a chance to get back to a .500 record with a win on Thursday, as they’ve used this series to get their confidence back. The Royals pitching has allowed just six runs in their first two games of this series, while the lineup has banged out 20 combined hits. The Royals will throw James Shields on the mound, a pitcher who is 0-2 this season, but has an ERA of 2.37 in three starts. Shields has 14 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched and has allowed only four runs in his last two starts. Shields has started only three career games against the Astros, and he’s 1-1 with an ERA of 1.96.
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The Astros have now lost seven of their last nine games and are quickly fulfilling expectations of being the worst team in all of baseball. The Astros have been held to two or less runs in eight of their first 15 games, and struck out 12 times in Wednesday’s loss. About the only hope the Astros have is with Scott Feldman on the mound, who has started this season with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 0.44. Feldman has allowed only one run in seven hits in 20.2 innings of work so far. Feldman is 4-2 with an ERA of 3.12 in eight career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 18-8 in Shields' last 26 starts and 5-2 in Shields' last 7 starts during game 3 of a series. The Astros are 7-19 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing record and 20-60 in their last 80 during game 3 of a series. The Royals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Not sure what's up with this line, but I was considering backing Houston with Feldman on the mound. However, the line right now is giving even money to the Royals. Not sure how you pass that up considering the Astros are a team that could easily lose 100 games this season.
If you can get this line with the Royals, go ahead and pound them all day.