Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 7, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
The Line: Kansas City Royals +187 / Houston Astros -225 -- Over/Under: 9
The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Royals have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals are 3-22 this season when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 42 hits and 14 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 79 hits and 52 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Duffy is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Astros have scored 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have won their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 44 hits and 24 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 76 hits and 50 RBI. Collin McHugh gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 4.97 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 14-37 in their last 51 vs. American League West, 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games and 1-6 in Duffy's last 7 starts. The Astros are 19-7 in their last 26 Tuesday games, 38-15 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series and 35-17 in McHugh's last 52 home starts. 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 19-6-3 in McHugh's last 28 home starts. The over is 5-1-1 in Royals last 7 vs. American League West.
Duffy has been OK this season despite just 11 innings under his belt, while McHugh has allowed a combined 17 hits and 16 earned runs in his last 15 innings. You can make a case for the Royals and the plus money given the struggles McHugh is going through at the moment. With that said, the Astros are tearing the cover off the ball again, and when they get into one of these grooves, I tend to ride it until it cools off. So, I'll pinch my nose with the pitching matchup and side with the Astros for a fourth straight victory.