Royals vs. Astros Prediction
The Kansas City Royals have a tough test tonight as big underdogs in a series opener at Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros. Is a bet on the hosts via the runline the smart way to go in this one?
Monday, May 6, 2019
Minute Maid Park at 8:10PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet-SW
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -270 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Royals are a +248 underdog, while the over-under sits at 8 runs. Houston is -130 on the -1.5 RL, while Kansas City is +110 at +1.5. As of Monday afternoon, 79 percent of public bets are being placed on the host Astros. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Royals fall on walk-off blast
Kansas City surrendered a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday afternoon in a 5-2 loss at Detroit. Ian Kennedy took the loss on the mound as he surrendered three earned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning, striking out one and walking none. Ryan O'Hearn helped pace the Royals offense by going 3-for-4. Hunter Dozier was 1-for-4 with a solo home run plus a walk. Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. Jake Junis will start tonight as he enters with a 3-2 record, 5.12 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 34 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings.
Astros cruise past Angels
Houston rolled to a 10-4 victory Sunday afternoon in Mexico over the Angels to improve to 20-14 overall and 10-11 on the road. Alex Bregman gave the Astros the lead for good with a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning. Bregman finished the contest 2-for-5 with the home run and two RBIs. George Springer was 2-for-5 and scored two runs. Michael Brantley ended the game 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs and two RBIs. Carlos Correa was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and two RBIs. Justin Verlander picked up the win as he allowed four earned runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. Cole draws tonight's start as he comes in with a 2-4 record, 3.95 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 65 strikeouts over 43 1/3 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are 10-23 in their last 33 games overall. Kansas City is 3-8 in Junis' last 11 road starts.
The Astros are 23-9 in their last 32 home games. Houston is 6-1 in Cole's last seven home starts.
The Astros have the major pitching advantage here and face a flyball pitcher in Junis who is bound to give up a couple home runs against this power-packed lineup. The Astros are extreme favorites for a reason. Take advantage with the runline bet.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS RL -130