Royals vs. Astros Prediction
The Kansas City Royals could not hold onto their lead last night in a loss at the Houston Astros. Can Kansas City bounce back with a win despite being big underdogs as the series resumes tonight?
Tuesday, May 7, 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 -215 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Royals are a +195 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Tuesday morning, 75 percent of public bets are being placed on host Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Royals fall in opener
Kansas City led 4-3 through five innings Monday night at Houston, but allowed two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth to fall 6-4. Hunter Dozier helped pace the Royals offense as he finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Adalberto Mondesi ended the night 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Alex Gordon was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jakob Junis allowed five earned runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking two. Danny Duffy takes the hill for Kansas City tonight and through two starts he carries an 0-1 record, 3.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with seven strikeouts over 11 innings.
Astros win third straight
Houston prevailed 6-4 at home Monday night over Kansas City to improve to 21-14 overall and 11-3 at home. George Springer helped pace the Astros as he was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Carlos Correa finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run. Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Gerrit Cole picked up the win as he surrendered four earned runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings. Collin McHugh will start tonight as he enters with a 3-3 record, 4.97 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 39 strikeouts over 38 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are 1-6 in the last seven Duffy starts. Kansas City is 1-4 in the last five meetings in Houston.
The Astros are 19-9 in their last 28 games overall. Houston is 14-2 in the last 16 McHugh starts on Tuesdays.
McHugh has pitched better than his ERA suggests and should be able to navigate through this Royals lineup. Duffy hasn't pitched poorly since returning from injury, but this will be his toughest test so far against an Astros offense full of right-handed power hitters. Look for the hosts to notch a second straight victory as they have done well thus far at Minute Maid Park.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -215