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Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros Betting Preview

Winning in dramatic fashion on Monday, the Houston Astros (52-27) will look to make it two in a row against the Kansas City Royals (29-49) on Tuesday. The Astros will host this one at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 pm ET.

After trailing 5-0 after three innings, the Astros were able to chip away and eventually tie the game at six, all in the eighth inning. After holding the Royals scoreless in the top of the ninth, Yordan Alvarez provided the fireworks on Independence Day with a walk-off home run.

In total, the Astros had seven runs on seven hits, but they were partially able to get back into the game after drawing six walks. All of this was done in spite of their starting pitcher, Jake Odorizzi, who went just four innings and allowed five runs.

The Royals Jonathan Heasley was solid in this one. He went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on just three hits. Unfortunately for Royals’ fans, the bullpen couldn’t get the job done, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings.

Offensively, MJ Melendez went two for four with two home runs. Andrew Benintendi also had a nice day, going three for four with two runs batted in.

The Astros are the favorites on Tuesday playing at home. They are -255 to win while the Royals’ moneyline sits at +210. The runline features the Royals’ +1.5 (-105), and the over/under for total runs is eight.

Royals Look To Improve On The Road

It has been a rough year thus far for the Kansas City Royals. At 29-49, they have the second-worst record in the American League and sit 14.5 games back in the AL Central. On Tuesday, they will look to improve on their road record, which stands at just 15-24.

Taking the mound Tuesday for the Royals is a familiar face to Houston. Zack Greinke will take the ball against his former club. In 12 games this season, the 38-year-old righty is 2-4 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and has 32 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.

Greinke has picked up back-to-back wins over the Rangers and A’s. In his last two starts combined, he has gone 12 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

Bobby Witt Jr. is still adapting to the major league level, but he has shown his power with Kansas City. In 292 at bats, he is hitting .233/.284/.435 with a team-leading 11 home runs, 39 runs batted in, and 42 runs scored. He is also second on the team in stolen bases with 12.

Against the Astros’ Luis Garcia, Nicky Lopez has had success, going three for six with a home run and two runs batted in.

Astros Try To Stay Hot

After their come-from-behind win on Monday, the Astros have now won seven in a row and have gone 9-1 in their last 10. At 52-27, they have the second-best record in baseball and lead the AL West by a commanding 13.5 games.

Manager Dusty Baker will give the ball on Tuesday to 25-year-old righty Luis Garcia. In 14 games this season, Garcia is 6-5 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and has 80 strikeouts in 76.1 innings.

Garcia has won three in a row and has given up a combined six runs in his past 16.1 innings. In that span, he has allowed 14 hits and struck out 20.

Tuesday’s hero, Yordan Alvarez, continues to crush opposing pitching. He is now hitting .310/.410/.653 with a team-leading 24 home runs, 57 runs batted in, and 51 runs scored.

Jose Altuve also continues to produce, hitting .278/.363/.532 with 16 home runs, 29 runs batted in, and 43 runs scored. Against Zack Greinke, Altuve is hitting .385 in 26 at bats with a home run and four runs batted in.

Take The Astros To Win And Cover

The Astros have been one of the hottest teams in baseball this season and have proven that they are a tough matchup for any team.

Not only does their offense have the ability to put runs up in a hurry (witnesses Monday), but their pitching has been dominant as well. In fact, they have the best team earned run average in the majors at 2.89.

On the flip side, the Royals rank just 27th in scoring averaging 3.84 runs per game. Furthermore, they are 1-5 in their last six games against Houston.

Especially after Monday’s momentum shift, take the Astros to both win and cover the -1.5 runline (-114) in this one.

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