Astros vs. Royals MLB Prediction
The Royals are win more victory away from shockingly sweeping the Astros, who will try to salvage one win over their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. Will the Astros avoid being swept or will the Royals cash once more as a big underdog?
917 Houston Astros (-169) at 918 Kansas City Royals (+155); o/u 9.5
2:10 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 19, 2021
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Houston Astros DFS SPIN
Luis Garcia picked up his ninth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Angels to two runs on six hits over his five frames. The right-hander struck out five in the contest and issued three free passes. Things didn't start out well for him, as he served up a leadoff homer to Shohei Ohtani and an RBI single to Jared Walsh in the opening inning, but he was able to settle down and keep the Angels off the board for the next four innings. Garcia generated 10 swings and misses in the contest and posted a CSW of 24 percent. He'll carry a stellar 3.30 ERA and 1.12 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Royals in Kansas City.
Kansas City Royals DFS Spin
Hunter Dozier went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Astros on Wednesday. After the Astros took a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, Dozier put the Royals back on top with a two-run blast to left field off of Blake Taylor. There was no doubt the ball was leaving the yard after it left Dozier's bat at 105 miles per hour. It was just the tenth homer of the season for the 29-year-old third baseman, who carries a disappointing .207/.280/.371 triple-slash over 393 plate appearances.
Astros vs. Royals Betting Prediction
Despite losing three straight games in this series, the Astros are still 11-5 in their last 16 games versus the Royals and are 7-3 in their last 10 games in Kansas City. The Royals are also 23-61 in their last 84 games versus AL West opponents, are 1-5 in their last six games during the fourth game of a series and are 12-25 in their last 37 games as an underdog.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -175