Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros - 7/4/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros - 7/4/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (51-27) vs Kansas City Royals (29-48)

Game Info: Monday, July 4, 2022 at 4:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Jake Odorizzi (3-2) (3.13) vs Jonathan Heasley (1-4) (5.20)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -230 / Kansas City Royals +195 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals will play the Houston Astros in Game 1 of their series at Minute Maid Park on Monday afternoon.

The Kansas City Royals are 29-48 this season and have won three of their last four games. Kansas City is coming off of a series win against Detroit, where they won two out of the three games played. The Kansas City pitching staff has a 4.90 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a .265 opponent batting average this season. The Royals offense has scored 296 runs with a .239 batting average and a .305 on base percentage. Bobby Witt is batting .233 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI’s for the Royals this season. The projected starter for Kansas City is Jonathan Heasley, who is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP over 45 innings pitched this season.

The Houston Astros are 51-27 this season and have won six games in a row. Houston is coming off of a series win against the Angels, where they won all three games played in the series. The Houston pitching staff has a 2.89 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a .210 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 343 runs with a .240 batting average and a .318 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .310 with 23 home runs and 56 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Jake Odorizzi, who is 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 31.2 innings pitched this season.

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Kansas City is 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 game one’s of a series. The under is 9-2 in Kansas City’s last 11 road games. Houston is 39-16 in their last 55 games and 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games. The under is 6-1 in Houston’s last 7 Monday games. Kansas City is 1-4 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Kansas City has one of the worst records in baseball, but has been able to win three out of their last four games. Houston has one of the best records in baseball and is leading the AL West by 13.5 games. Jonathan Heasley has allowed 11 runs in his last 8.2 innings pitched for the Royals. For Houston, Jake Odorizzi has allowed two earned runs over his last 22.2 innings pitched. I like Houston to win this game by at least two runs.

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David’s Pick Astros -1.5

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