MLB Picks: Bet On Astros vs. Royals And Pad Your Wallet

Sunday, June 26, 2016 1:00 PM GMT

The Houston Astros are looking to extend their torrid winning streak with a sweep of the Royals in Kansas City. Let's review the MLB odds and add to our bulging bankroll this afternoon.

After laying the chalky number on the Boston Red Sox in their narrow 8-7 win over the White Sox on Thursday, I took Friday off and came back with a huge live home dog in my MLB Picks yesterday when the Miami Marlins outmuscled the Cubs 9-6. If you read my column, I called for a big game from Giancarlo Stanton (2 hits, 3 RBI) and noted an overrated pitcher in John Lackey (seven earned runs on seven hits in just over four innings of work) who has had his problems on the road.

My crystal ball was clear as a bell and in return the MLB Odds makers rewarded me with +1.65 units and pushed me well over 20 units on a season that sees me hitting at a sizzling 66.67 percentage rate. It's all documented for your perusal. Just click my name at the top or bottom of this page and you can see all the columns I ever wrote and particularly those for this MLB season. No scamdicappers here at SBR, we are transparent and best of all, never charge a nickel. Let's take a look at this Sunday afternoon tilt in Kansas City between the Astros and the Royals.


 

Houston Astros (39-36, -5.00 units)
The Astros are playing their best baseball of the season and it comes at the expense of the Kansas City Royals who have dropped two of the first three games of this series. Houston has pounded the opposition into submission over their seven game winning streak, averaging over seven runs per game and hammering the defending World Series champions by a combined score of 26-9 in the first two games of this weekend series.

Right-handed veteran Doug Fister (8-3, 3.21 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) takes the bump for the 'Stros this afternoon. Fister is putting together a fine season with his only hiccup coming against these very same Royals back on April 14th when he allowed six runs, on nine hits in five plus innings, resulting in a 6-2 loss at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

 

Kansas City Royals (38-35, +3.8 units)
The defending world champion Royals are slumping and if they don't break free from their four-game funk then they will see their tenuous grip on second place in the AL Central cede to divisional rivals Detroit and Chicago. Kansas City pitching has been torched the last two games for a combined 26 runs by a team in the Houston Astros which is finally regaining its mojo from last season.

Thirty-one-year-old Ian Kennedy had one magical season in 2011 (21-4, 2.88, 1.09) with Arizona but has essentially been a journeyman throughout his career. This season Kennedy is 5-6, with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Pretty much what you expect of your No. 4 man in the rotation. In his last outing Kennedy allowed four hits on two runs (both solo shots) in four innings of work in what was a 2-1 loss to the Mets.

 

Betting Analysis
Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy has been getting decimate by the long ball. He has been torched for 18 home runs in 14 starts this season and 10 dingers in his first four June starts. Now consider that the Astros have homered in 10 consecutive games coming into this afternoon's affair. Though the Royals have their All-Star Alex Gordon back in the lineup this is a case of two clubs going in opposite directions.

Fister has sparkled for the Astros and will want to atone for his worst start of the season that occurred against KC in mid-April. The Houston bats are on fire and Ian Kennedy is far from a stopper for the Royals. In Fister's three daytime starts this season he has a 1.33 ERA and is 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA on the highway this season. Let's side with the road chalk here.

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MLB Pick:  Astros -110
Best Line Offered:  at Bovada
MLB Record:  40-20, +20.67 units

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