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

Houston Astros (85-68) vs Kansas City Royals (51-102)

Game Info: Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

J.P. France (11-5) (3.84) vs Jordan Lyles (4-17) (6.32)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -252 / Kansas City Royals +223 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. On Friday it was the Royals that were able to secure the 7-5 victory. 

Royals Try to Play Spoilers

The Royals at this point of the season are trying to play for next year and also play spoiler for the Astros. The American League West is tight battle and the Royals could help decide who wins the title. The Royals are averaging 4.15 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.32 runs per game. The offense is ranked 26th while the pitching is ranked 28th. 

J.P. France Looks to Bounce Back

On the mound for the Astros will be J.P. France and he’s going to look to bounce back here. In his last start against the Royals he went 4.1 innings giving up five hits and five runs. So far this month he has gone 15.1 innings and given up 11 runs. The Astros are averaging 5.16 runs while their defense is giving up 4.38 runs per game. The offense is ranked 5th in the league while the pitching is ranked 12th. 

Shane’s Free Pick

The Royals are trying to play spoiler and they are going to find success in this game. France really struggled in his last start and the Royals offense has been better the last month. In this game, the Royals are going to score seven or eight runs and the Astros aren’t going to keep up. Back the Royals on the money line to cash here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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