Kansas City Royals (29-49) vs. Houston Astros (52-27)
July 5, 2022 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -208 / Kansas City Royals +150; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The Kansas City Royals look for a win after splitting their last 6 games. The Houston Astros look to build on their 7-game winning streak.
The Kansas City Royals have scored 16 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 7 of their last 11 games. The Royals have lost 5 of their last 8 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Andrew Benintendi leads the Royals with 91 hits and 31 RBI, while Whit Merrifield and Bobby Witt Jr. have combined for 143 hits and 72 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 4.38 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 6-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored 20 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 10 games. The Astros have won 5 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with 77 hits and 57 RBI, while Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve have combined for 139 hits and 55 RBI. Luis Garcia gets the ball, and he is 6-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Astros are 41-19 in their last 60 home games and 40-16 in their last 56 overall. The under is 9-2 in Royals last 11 road games. The under is 43-21-3 in Astros last 67 overall. The Royals are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Houston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Zack Greinke was great in 2 June starts, allowing 7 hits and 2 runs in 12 innings. Unfortunately, Greinke still has a 6.90 ERA and .294 allowed batting average on the road, and this outing doesn’t come against the Rangers or A’s. Luis Garcia has been hittable for much of the season, especially at home, where he has a 4.70 ERA. However, the Houston Astros offense is on a roll, and they’re winning games regardless. The Royals don’t have the offensive horses to hang here. Give me the Astros and the RL for max betting value.
Randy Chambers’s Free Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5