Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (4-2) at Houston Astros (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Y Ventura (0-0) (3.60) vs. S Feldman (0-1) (9.00)
The Line: Houston Astros -112 / Kansas City Royals +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTSW, FSKC
On Wednesday night, the MLB is showcasing a pretty solid matchup between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park.
This will be game three of the mid-week series. During game one Monday, the Astros poured on the offense, scoring three runs in both the first and fourth innings on the way to an 8-2 victory. In game two on Tuesday, the Royals got some revenge in a very tight game. Oddly enough, all of the runs in the 3-2 end score came in the first inning, and Kansas City evened up the series.
For Wednesday’s matchup, the Royals will be wheeling out right-hander Yordano Ventura. In his first start, Ventura had some ups and downs, allowing just two runs in a little over five innings, but walking six Twins on Friday. Ventura has an exciting arsenal of pitches, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can get some consistency going in 2016.
At the plate, the Royals boast a pretty balanced lineup of hitters but they haven’t quite found their stride just yet. Alcides Escobar has shown some flashes of stellar ability, with eight hits and two triples. Another eye-popping stat is Alex Gordon’s 12 strikeouts and one home run so far. Gordon has the stuff to reach 20 homers, but will likely whiff around 130 times this season as well.
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Scheduled to take the mound for the Astros on Wednesday is right-hander Scott Feldman. During his first appearance of the year back on Friday, Feldman gave up four runs in four innings--three of them coming in the first inning alone. In 2016, Feldman logged a 3.90 ERA over 18 starts.
As for the Astros lineup, the team has a nice group of solid young players and could surprise a lot of people this year. Tyler White is off and running thus far, with three homers and 13 hits with 10 RBI. Carlos Correa is also getting in on the action with three homers and six runs. Not to be left out, Colby Rasmus has nine hits with three homers and seven RBI.
Now let’s dig into the current game trends here. The Royals are 6-1 over their last seven game threes of a series, and 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games.
As for the Astros, they’re just 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games, and 0-5 in Feldman’s last five starts against the American League Central.
Even though the Houston hitters are pretty electric thus far, I’m not too thrilled with Feldman. What’s more, Ventura has some very impressive stuff and should keep the Royals on top here. I’m going with Kansas City to get another win.