Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 6-3-22

Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 6/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 6/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Houston Astros (33-18) will slug it out against the Kansas City Royals (16-33) in Game 1 of 3 of the AL Inter-Division competition at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 8:10 PM ET.

 

Houston looks for its 5th straight win after a four-game winning streak including a series sweep versus the Oakland Athletics last time out. The Astros beat the Athletics at 5-1, 3-1, and 5-4 in that order.

 

Houston remained on top at 33-18 in the American League West Division with a .647 team percentage after acquiring 206 runs while giving away 162 for a +44 run difference on the year.

 

In their recent win, 3B Alex Bregman scored two runs with a walk and one RBI in leading the offense for the Astros. SP Justin Verlander finished 7.0 innings of work after allowing just 2 hits, 3 earned runs, and 2 walks while striking out 6 Oakland hitters in the victory.

 

LF Yordan Alvarez puts the power in the offense of Houston with his 14 home runs and 31 runs batted in while averaging .272 at the plate this season.

 

SS Jeremy Pena marked a team-leading slugging percentage of .494 and an OBP at .331 while his batting average sits at .285 in leading the Astros.

 

Right-handed Pitcher Jose Urquidy (4-2, 4.80 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 34 Ks) will be starting for Houston in the first installment of a series facing Kansas City on Friday. Urquidy gave up 64 hits, 8 home runs, and 7 walks in his 45.0 innings pitched in his pro baseball career this season.   

 

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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Predictions 6/3/2022

 

The Kansas City Royals just gave up a series to the Cleveland Guardians by a sweep after a 0-4 shutout loss Wednesday. The Royals also surrendered the first two rounds at 3-7 & 3-8 in that order.

 

Kansas City dropped to 5th place at 16-33 in the American League Central Division with a team percentage of .327 and 12 games behind first place after collecting 182 runs but yielded 259 for a run difference of -77 for the season.

 

The Royals failed to finish a single run after driving 7 hits and committed one error in that loss. Pitcher Brad Keller gave up 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and 3 BBs while striking out one Cleveland batter in pitching for 6.0 innings in the loss.

 

Catcher Salvador Perez knocked 6 balls over the perimeter with a batting average of .187 and drove 16 RBIs while 2B Whit Merrifield added a team-high 24 RBIs with 3 long balls and a .212 BA in leading the offense for Kansas City. LF Andrew Benintendi recorded a .337 batting average, an on-base percentage of .402, and slugging .431 for the Royals.

 

Right-hander Brady Singer (2-0, 2.49 ERA, 26 Ks, 0.99 WHIP) will get the ball to start for Kansas in the opening of a series against Houston on Friday. The righty thrower conceded 21 hits, 2 long balls, and 4 BBs in pitching for 25.1 innings in his MLB career this year.          

 

Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Houston -130. The Astros have the momentum in this match-up after winning 4 consecutive games while the Royals struggled after losing 4 outings in a row.

 

Houston acquired a 2.84 team ERA and slugging .399 with 415 Ks while Kansas City has a team ERA of 5.09 with a slugging percentage of .360 and 332 strikeouts. Prediction: The Houston Astros will win 5-3.     

 

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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 6/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET

 

Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

 

Date: Friday, June 3, 2022

 

TV: ATSW

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -130                         

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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