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Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
Date & Time Monday May 6, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Kansas City Royals +220 / Houston Astros -270 -- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
FSKC, ATSW
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The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Royals have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 12 of their last 13 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 41 hits and 14 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 76 hits and 48 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 5.12 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Junis is 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for win after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs i five of their last eight games. The Houston Astros have won seven straight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 44 hits and 24 RBI while George Springer and Josh Reddick have combined for 72 hits and 34 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Cole is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 14-37 in their last 51 vs. American League West, 19-49 in their last 68 road games and 3-8 in Junis' last 11 road starts. The Astros are 23-9 in their last 32 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 Monday games and 49-23 in their last 72 during game 1 of a series. The Royals are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in Astros last 9 vs. American League Central. The over is 7-2-1 in Junis' last 10 starts overall.

The Kansas City Royals are having trouble keeping opposing teams from scoring, and now they're throwing out Junis who has allowed 44 hits and 22 earned runs in 38.2 innings. Those aren't the type of numbers you want to see when going up against this Astros lineup. Cole had his struggles last month, but he's given up a combined four hits and two earned runs in his last 14 innings and has always been a tough out at home. This should be an Astros victory, and I'll take the RL as well to add some actual value to bet instead of laying crazy juice with the ML.

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5

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