Royals vs Astros Prediction MLB Picks Today 9/15

Royals vs Astros Prediction MLB Picks Today 9/15

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Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals: Team Preview and Over 8.5 Runs Bet

Get ready for an intriguing MLB matchup as the Houston Astros take on the struggling Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. In this comprehensive team preview, we'll assess the strengths of both teams and make our final prediction.

 

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have been in fine form this season, especially on the road, and they aim to continue their dominance.

Offensive Firepower:

One of the key factors behind the Astros' success is their explosive offense led by players like Kyle Tucker. With a strong batting lineup, they have consistently put up runs on the scoreboard.

Cristian Javier on the Mound:

On the pitching side, the Astros will have Cristian Javier starting. While his ERA is relatively high at 4.78, he has shown the ability to strike out batters, which could play a role in this game.

Playoff Aspirations:

The Astros are firmly in the playoff race and see this game as an opportunity to improve their postseason position. Every run they score is crucial.

 

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals have had a challenging season, and facing a team like the Astros presents another tough test for them.

Zack Greinke's Challenge:

Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch for the Royals. However, he has struggled significantly this season with a 1-15 record and a 5.47 ERA. Going up against the potent Astros lineup will be a considerable challenge.

Building for the Future:

While the Royals may not be in playoff contention, they are focused on developing their young talent. This game provides an opportunity for their emerging stars to gain valuable experience.

Home Field Advantage:

Playing at home at Kauffman Stadium can be an advantage for the Royals, and they'll need strong support from their home crowd.

 

Prediction

When it comes to predicting the outcome of this matchup, all signs point to a high-scoring game. The Houston Astros' potent offense, combined with Zack Greinke's struggles on the mound, suggests that we're in for a game with plenty of runs. Cristian Javier has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 7.36, 9 strikeouts and 1 save in 3 appearances versus the Royals in his career and Zack Greinke has a record of 6-4 with an ERA of 3.19 and 65 strikeouts in 12 appearances against the Astros in his career.

Considering the strengths of the Astros' batting lineup and the potential for both teams to score, taking the over of 8.5 runs seems like the best bet for this game. Expect an offensive showdown at Kauffman Stadium.

 

Pick: Over 8.5 Runs

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