Astros at Royals - 6/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (37-36) at Kansas City Royals (38-33)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
D Keuchel (3-9) (5.32) vs. E Volquez (7-6) (4.22)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Houston Astros --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series early Friday night.
The Houston Astros look to keep rolling and build on their five-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Houston Astros offense has found its groove lately, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 97 hits, George Springer has 41 RBI and Carlos Correa has 11 home runs. Dallas Keuchel gets the nod, and he’s 3-9 with a 5.32 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Royals have allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 3.95 and have won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 82 hits, Lorenzo Cain has 37 RBI and Salvador Perez has 12 home runs. Edinson Volquez takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 4.12 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. Volquez is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. American League Central and 3-9 in Keuchels last 12 starts. The Royals are 60-24 in their last 84 home games and 21-6 in Volquezs last 27 home starts. The Astros are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Volquez hasn't looked sharp at all this season, but he's looked better than Keuchel who has struggled all season long. I love the way the Astros are playing right now, as the swagger is back and the bats are heated up. However, the Royals are at home and Volquez has owned Houston throughout his career.