Royals vs. Astros Prediction
The Kansas City Royals demolished the host Houston Astros last night despite being big underdogs on the moneyline. Will Houston rebound tonight to get its second win out of three in the series?
Wednesday, May 8, 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 -205 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Royals are a +188 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Wednesday morning, 72 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Royals offense comes alive
Ryan O'Hearn and Whit Merrifield each hit grand slams Tuesday night as Kansas City blasted host Houston by a count of 12-2. The Royals led 8-0 through four innings and then 12-1 in the seventh on their way to the decisive victory. Merrifield helped pace the KC offense as he went 4-for-5 with the grand slam, a double, three runs and five RBIs. Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI. Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. O'Hearn ended the night 1-for-4 with the grand slam, a walk and two runs. Danny Duffy picked up the win as he gave up two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. Jorge Lopez will start tonight as he comes in with a 0-3 record, 5.09 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 37 strikeouts over 40 2/3 innings.
McHugh hit hard in loss
Houston starting pitcher Collin McHugh surrendered eight earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks over three innings Tuesday night in a 12-2 home loss versus Kansas City. Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the defeat. Michael Brantley was 2-for-3 with a double. Aledmys Diaz was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Robinson Chirinos also finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Brad Peacock starts tonight and comes in with a 2-2 record, 5.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 26 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are 4-0 in their last four Wednesday games. Kansas City is 11-24 in its last 35 games overall.
The Astros are 4-1 in the last five Peacock home starts. Houston is 7-2 in the last nine meetings.
Lopez is a flyball pitcher who will likely get into trouble against the power-packed Houston lineup. Peacock is coming off a dreadful start, but aside from his couple starts against Minnesota this season he's been fairly solid. Expect the Royals bats to cool considerably tonight, while the Astros' heat back up. Go with the home team here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: KANSAS CITY ROYALS -205