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The Houston Astros (70-50) and the Kansas City Royals (52-67) will collide in the final match of a four-game tournament at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at 2:10 PM ET. Houston bowed to the Kansas City Royals in three consecutive outings of a four-game set and needed to bounce back in this match to prevent a series sweep. The Astros lost the series opener with just a one-run deficit at 6-7 on Monday, 1-3 on Tuesday, and a tough 2-3 defeat on Wednesday. In their recent loss, Houston played for six scoreless innings and managed to score two runs in the 7th heading while hitting 10 shots in defeat. Zack Greinke went 6.0 innings of work with one earned run on five hits allowed while the bullpen combined for two earned runs on three hits and struck out two Kansas hitters. RF Chas McCormick earned a one run-score on a double while 1B Yuli Gurriel added one run on one hit in the loss.


Houston will be sending right-hander Luis Garcia to the pitcher’s rubber to start the final installment of a series versus the Royals on Thursday. In his MLB tour this season, the 24-year-old righty thrower is 9-6 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a total of 134 strikeouts in pitching for 111.2 innings. Garcia will be playing his first career game facing Kansas.


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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Predictions 8/19/2021


On the Kansas City side, the team will try to continue their winning streak after three consecutive victories and go for a sweep against the Houston Astros. The Royals beat the Astros at 7-6 in the series opener on Monday, 3-1 on Tuesday, and a close 3-2 win on Wednesday. Kansas took a 1-0 lead after the 4th inning and added two more runs in the 7th with eight base hits for the victory. Brady Singer finished 6.2 innings of work while giving away two earned runs on 6 hits with 2 walks granted while striking out 6 Houston batters. 3B Hunter Dozier acquired a one-run score on one hit with two RBIs while SS Nicky Lopez added one run on a triple. LF Andrew Benintendi made a run on one base hit for the Royals in the losing effort.


Kansas City will send Left-handed Pitcher Mike Minor to start the series finale of a four-game competition against the Astros on Thursday. The thirty-three-year-old southpaw thrower is 8-11 with a 5.35 ERA while striking out 135 batters in the majors this season. In his career pitching against the Houston crew, Minor is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA and struck out 73 hitters of the ‘Stros.         


Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Houston -185. After 120 games played in the majors, the Astros ranked 2nd in OPS and 1st in runs scored while the Royals ranked 26th in OPS and 24th in runs scored this season. Kansas City will be missing one key player in SS Adalberto Mondesi due to some scar tissue injury in his right oblique. The Houston Astros will win predicted at 6-3.


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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 8/19/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:10 PM ET


Location: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri


Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021




MLB Odds: Houston Astros -185


MLB Totals: 9


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