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Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros - 6/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (47-25) at Kansas City Royals (22-48)
Date & Time Sunday June 17, 2018, 2:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Kansas City Royals +220 / Houston Astros -240 --- Over/Under: 9.5
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MLB | Houston Astros (47-25) at Kansas City Royals (22-48)
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The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals meet Sunday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Houston Astros look to keep the ball rolling while building on their 10-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Houston Astros have won 23 of their last 30 games when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 98 hits and 37 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 150 hits and 79 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 8-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Kansas City Royals could use a feel good victory here after losing 11 of their last 12 games. The Royals have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 11 straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 77 hits and 23 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler have combined for 129 hits and 74 RBI. Brad Keller gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Keller’s first career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 37-18 in their last 55 road games, 16-5 in McCullers Jr.s last 21 starts with 4 days of rest and 4-1 in McCullers Jr.s last 5 starts. The Royals are 6-20 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 10-25 in their last 35 home games. The over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Kansas City and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.

There's no reason to bet against the Houston Astros in their current form, and there's probably even less reason to back the Kansas City Royals in their current form. The Astros offense is killing teams during this 10-game winning streak and the Royals can't get guys out without allowing crooked numbers. It's kind of that simple. Give me the Astros and the RL to increase the value of the bet, as I'm not laying that much juice.

Houston Astros -1.5

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