The MLB brings more action on Friday as the Kansas City Royals will clash with the Houston Astros in game one of their three-game series from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Royals will give the nod to Danny Duffy and the Astros will give a chance to Dallas Keuchel.
Kansas City Royals Form
The Kansas City Royals are not having a good season this year. It seems that they can’t hit a solid form as they have been playing like the worst team in the league lately. They have lost the last nine games in a row. However, it seems that they have made some improvement in the last game against the Ranges as they showed some solid performances. Yet that was not enough as the Royals were defeated with a score of 3-2. The Royals have averaged 3.89 runs per game and have allowed 5.40 runs per game on the road.
Danny Duffy record against the Astros stands at 2-3 with a 5.29 ERA in eight games (five starts), including 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA in five games (two starts).
On the offensive side of the game, Kansas City has been poor this season as they are placed on the 28th place the league in scoring, putting up 3.62 runs per game, while also holding the 18th spot in hitting at .241 and 29th place in homers with a total of 61 so far. On the mound, they have been very poor as they are placed on the 30th spot in the league in ERA at 5.33, while also being 29th in WHIP at 1.47 and 30th in K’s with 531.
Houston Astros Form
The Houston Astros are unstoppable right now as they head into this game on the back of 13 wins in their last 14 games. The defeat on the hands of the Rays was something that nobody expected. However, they bounced back as they beat the Rays on Wednesday with a score of 5-1. The Astros are the favourites to win this game and surely they will try to take advantage of that. The Astros have averaged 4.11 runs per game and have allowed 3.19 runs per game here at home for the year so far.
Dallas Keuchel record against the Royals stands at 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in seven starts
On the offensive side of the game, the Astros are the 2nd best team in the league in scoring, putting up 5.18 runs per game, while also holding the 1st place in hitting at .267 and 6th place in homers with a total of 96 so far. On the mound, they have been very strong so far as they are the 1st team in the league in ERA at 2.86, while also being 1st in WHIP at 1.05 and 1st in K’s with 788.
Kansas City Royals are hot having a good season and their results are not on the desired level. It seems that they can’t get their offensive game right. On the other side, the Astros are unstoppable and they are one of the top teams in the MLB. They are very consistent this season and I can’t see anything else than a dominant Houston win in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros on 6/22/2018 is: Take the Houston Astros -300 (money line bet)
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