Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros MLB Lines Pick
It’s altogether too soon to start looking ahead to the postseason’s MLB odds, as history has shown that solid division leads can be quickly wiped out in the second half of the season. That said, it’s always nice to play a team that might be there, just to get an idea of where your own team stands in comparison. That is what we are getting with the 3-game series between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros, the final game of which is set for Wednesday night in Houston.
How to Bet on the Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros MLB Lines Pick & Game Info
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 01, 8:10 PM ET
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Radio: KCSP 610
Opening Line: Houston -112
No-one is taking anything for granted, but it really does look as though the Royals (44-29) are for real again this season. They set out to prove that their run to the World Series last season was no fluke, and they have done so with some aplomb. This is a team that is balanced in just about everything that they do. Thy have used great hitting and pitching to put together a solid +58 run differential, and have a home and away record that is pretty much identical. They are one of only two teams to have a win percentage over .600 this season, which is a pace that would almost certainly get them comfortably into postseason play. The Royals had won back to back series coming into this one, but dropped the opening game of this set on Monday night. They will try to end on a winning note by sending Edinson Volquez (8-3, 3.18 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday. Volquez will be looking to rack up his 5th straight win.
As good as the Astros (45-34) have been this season they are a team in need of a series win. They have now gone 3 complete series without winning one, although they did split a 4-game set with the New York Yankees. They have certainly put themselves in a good position to get something out of this one, as they went out and took the first game in the series 6-1. There is a lot to like about this Astros team, but the standout of late has to be the performance of 20-year old shortstop Carlos Correa. In just 21 big league games, the kid is batting .300, has hit 5 HR, and has driven in 15 runs. Those are some pretty heady stats, and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can manage to maintain that pace. Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 3.72 ERA) will get the start for the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
- Tim Collins P 60-Day DL
- Brian Flynn P 15-Day DL
- Eric Hosmer 1B D2D (hand)
- Kris Medlen P 60-Day DL
- Jason Vargas P 15-Day DL
- Yordano Ventura P 15-Day DL
- Samuel Deduno P 15-Day DL
- Scott Feldman P 15-Day DL
- Jed Lowrie SS 60-Day DL
- Jake Marisnick OF 15-Day DL
- Brad Peacock P 15-Day DL
- Chad Qualls P 15-Day DL
There are few pitchers in baseball as hot as Edinson Volquez is right now, and the Royals tend to get the W when he is on the mound. Look for that trend to continue, as I like KC to win this one.