Favorable Pitching Matchup Makes Royals +121 The MLB Pick Against Astros

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, April 14, 2016 5:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016 5:09 PM UTC

The Royals and the Astros conclude their 4-game early week set with this 8:10 ET scheduled start in Houston this evening. Which team will beat the MLB odds tonight?

Kansas City Royals (Kennedy) at Houston Astros (Fister) (-130) 8:10 ET
On Monday night, the Astros got their playoff revenge.  After blowing a 2-0 series lead last October, due to a trio of KC comeback victories, the Astros were hungry to get their payback.   It resulted in a (8-2) victory Monday night.  But, small ball prevailed Tuesday and Wednesday night, as the Royals won games by scores of (3-2) and (4-2) with their strong fundamental approach.  Tonight, the Astros look to even the series, but we will stay with the better fundamental approach of Kansas City to get the job done for the 3rd straight night. 


Houston Astros
Though the Astros are just 3-6 for the season, few believe they will plummet to their recent depths which saw them win only a 106 combined games in 2012 and 2013.  The Astros have been upwardly mobile since with increasing win totals of 70 and 86 wins the last 2 seasons.  Expected to win nearly 90 games and capture the AL West crown, Houston has underperformed to date.  Question tonight is whether they can bounce back from consecutive home field defeats at their Minute Maid home, where they were 53-28 and whether tonight’sstarter, Fister, can live up to the expectations of several years ago?  Last year, Fister was just 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA with the Nationals.  Perhaps a change of venue will jump start what was on the verge of being a successful career.  In his opening start against Milwaukee (a 6-4 Houston win), Fister allowed 3 runs in 5 IP to go along with 6 strike outs.  Fister understands he has plenty of room to improve.  

Kansas City Royals
Such is not the case with Ian Kennedy, who put his best foot forward in his first start for his new team.  Saddled with the baggage that is the San Diego offense in the last 2 years, Kennedy had recorded a couple of unimpressive campaigns.  But opening night, he again flashed the form that the Royals saw when he was acquired.  In 6 2/3 IP of 5-hit ball, Kennedy recorded 7 Ks in a (7-0) victory against Minnesota.  Kennedy may well remember his former success against Houston.  In a pair of starts, he went 2-0, allowing just 1 run in 12 2/3 IP. 

I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the KC Royals tonight.

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MLB Pick: Royals +121
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