Houston Astros (45-25) at Kansas City Royals (22-46)
|Date & Time||Friday June 15, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals +185 / Houston Astros -200 --- Over/Under: 9
Over at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals will be matching up to kick off their weekend MLB series.
The Astros come in here following a set against the A’s. Houston won the first two in that series, then on Thursday the Astros bagged a 7-3 victory.
For the Friday game, the Astros will be bringing out Charlie Morton for the start. Over his 76.2 innings and 7-1 record this year, Morton has a 2.82 ERA with 96 Ks.
Houston’s top hitter this year is Jose Altuve, who brought 94 hits, 42 runs and 34 RBI into the A’s finale. On Thursday, Altuve had two hits with a run and an RBI.
Over on the Royals’ side, they played the Reds this week. KC lost those two games 5-1 and 7-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kansas City will be rolling with Jakob Junis on Friday. Across 80.0 innings and a 5-6 record this season, Junis has a 4.05 ERA with 76 Ks and 19 BBs.
Tops in hitting this season for the Royals is Whit Merrifield with 75 hits, 31 runs and 22 RBI. Mike Moustakas isn’t far behind with 68 hits, 33 runs, 13 homers and 42 RBI.
The Astros are 38-17 in their last 55 Friday games and 49-23 in their last 72 in game one of a series. The under is 16-6-1 in the Astros’ last 23 in game one of a series and they’re 7-3 in their last 10 versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 8-22 in their last 30 in game one of a series and 2-10 in their last 12 following an off day. KC is also 1-4 in their last five home games and 19-41 in their last 60 overall.
Junis has had a few good games lately; he went through a four-game stretch with two quality starts and no more than three earned runs allowed. In his last appearance though, Junis gave up six earned on 10 hits in 5.1 innings in Oakland. With Morton on the mound, I don’t think there’s any way I can pick against the Astros here.