Astros vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 9/17/23

Kansas City Royals (48-101) vs Houston Astros (83-66)

Game Info: Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Jordan Lyles (4-16) (6.33) vs Framber Valdez (11-10) (3.32)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +206 / Houston Astros -230 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros do battle Sunday afternoon in game 3 of an MLB series at Kauffman Stadium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

Houston Astros Betting Preview

The Astros need a win after losing 4 of their last 5 games. The Astros have a 0.5 game lead in the AL West. The Astros pitching staff is 10th in ERA (3.99), 18th in WHIP (1.29) and 6th in quality starts (65). The Astros offense is 5th in runs per game (5.15), 4th in batting average (.262) and 8th in homers (204). Alex Bregman leads the Astros with 155 hits and 95 RBI, while Kyle Tucker and Jeremy Pena have combined for 290 hits and 154 RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he is 11-10 with a 3.32 ERA and 178 strikeouts this season. Valdez is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Royals look to build on their shocking 4-game winning streak. The Royals have the second-worst record in baseball at 48-101. The Royals pitching staff is 28th in ERA (5.21), 24th in WHIP (1.41) and 29th in quality starts (31). The Royals' offense is 25th in runs per game (4.13), 20th in batting average (.243) and 25th in homers (149). Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 165 hits and 90 RBI, while Salvador Perez and MJ Melendez have combined for 246 hits and 121 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 4-16 with a 6.44 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 2-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Randy’s Pick

The Royals have won 4 straight games, so I know it's easy to consider them and the possibility to make 2 times your money. I'm still not buying it. Excuse me if I can't get behind Jordan Lyles and his 6.44 ERA and 4-16 record. The Astros are fighting for a division title and Framber Valdez is good with a 3.32 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. I refuse to believe the Royals are going to sweep an Astros tam that's playing for an AL West crown. Give me the Astros and the RL for max betting value.

Randy’s Pick Houston Astros -1.5

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