On Thursday, two American League teams will get together; as the Kansas City Royals will take on the Houston Astros. The Kansas City Royals came into this series with a 4-1 record, while the Houston Astros won just 2 out of 6 games early on. This is a rematch of the American League Divisional series a season ago as pro baseball odds fans might recall, in which the Royals stormed back to win the series. The Kansas City Royals will send Ian Kennedy to the mound, while the Houston Astros will trot out veteran Doug Fister.
How To Bet on the Royals vs. Astros MLB Odds, TV and Game Info
When: Thursday, April 14, 8:10 PM ET
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
TV: ROOT, FSKC
Starting Pitchers: Royals: Ian Kennedy vs. Astros: Doug Fister
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Royals
Ian Kennedy is 31 years old, and has had a solid Major League Baseball career as a starting pitcher. Kennedy was sharp in his season opener, which resulted in a win over the Minnesota Twins. The Kansas City offense is led at the top of the lineup by Alcides Escobar, with Lorenzo Cain being the pop in the middle of the lineup. The Royals have watched their first basemen Mike Moustakas blast 2 homeruns. Kansas City is batting .245 as a team, and has a team earned run average of 3.17.
Why Bet the Astros
Tyler White is off to a great start as a rookie first basemen for the Astros. In the early going, White has gone deep 3 times, with 9 runs batted in, and a batting average over .500. Houston should be one of the best offenses in the American League with Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa the top. The Astros will send 32 year old Doug Fister to the mound. Fister picked up a win on the road in Milwaukee, despite going just 5 innings. In his career, Fister has 66 wins as a starting pitcher, against 63 losses.
My Expert Pick & Score Prediction
The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals are one of the nicest rivalries in Major League Baseball now. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees of course are the cream of the crop, but with their recent history, these two are emerging. The Kansas City Royals are a tough team to take down, no matter what time of season it is. Look for Doug Fister to be sharp in this game, at least for six innings. In the end, the Houston Astros are the team to bet on here. Bet the Astros -116 over the Kansas City Royals.
The final score prediction: Astros 5-2 Royals