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Kauffman Field will play host to the second installment of a four-game set between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros.  The Royals took the series opener by a single run improving their record to 50-67 but are still in last place at the AL Central Division.  The Astros still lead the AL West Division at 70-48 with the Athletics hot on their heels by 2 ½ games.


Houston will look to rebound from their recent losses.  The Astros came into this dropping the series finale against the Angels at 3-1.  They however won the first two games at 4-1 and 8-2.  The Astros need to win after splitting their last 10 games.  The Astros are still dominating at the mound, ranking first in batting at .267, runs scored at 633, and on-base percentage at .338 in MLB. The Astros’ team ERA improved to the top 5 at 3.65 and are also top 5 in BAA at .225.  LF Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .332 batting average, .383 OBP, and 124 hits.  2B Jose Altuve leads with 25 home runs while DH Yordan Alvarez leads with 77 RBIs.  Houston will send Framber Valdez to the mound for Tuesday’s match.  The lefty is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.09 and struck out 81 batters this season.


  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games against Kansas City.
  • The Houston Astros are 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road against Kansas City.
  • The total went OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 12 games on the road.

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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Predictions  8/17/2021


The Astros led 4-3 in the sixth inning but Kansas City ended up winning the series opener by 7-6 courtesy of Salvador Perez.  The Royals will look to rebuild from this win which snapped a four-game losing streak.  The Royals are batting at .242 which is ranked 14th and are 26th with 480 runs scored.  The team’s ERA is 27th at 4.95 and 25th in BAA at .257.  Catcher Salvador Perez leads Kansas City with a .277 batting average, team-high 30 homers, and 77 RBIs.  2B Nicky Lopez leads with a .343 OBP while RF Whit Merrifield leads with 129 hits.  Daniel Lynch will start for the Royals on Tuesday.  The left-hand pitcher holds a 2-3 record with a 5.97 ERA and 26 strikeouts this year.  


  • The Kansas City Royals are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home.
  • Kansas City is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home against Houston.
  • The total went OVER in 13 of Kansas City’s last 19 games against Houston.

Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Houston Astros.  Lynch has been pitching well recently for the Royals.  Valdez played well versus the Rockies in his last outing too.  With a dominant offense backing Valdez in this match, the Astros are headed for a win.  Taking the game on the road is the Houston Astros.  Final Score Prediction is 8-2.  


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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 8/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET


Location: Kauffman Field, Kansas City


Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021




MLB Odds: Houston Astros -208


MLB Totals: 8.5


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