Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick – June 24, 2016
When: Friday, June 24 – 8:15 PM EST
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Odds: Astros -115 / Royals +105
The Houston Astros open a three-game set at the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. The last time they visited The K they lost Game 5 of last year’s AL Division Series and they’ll be looking for revenge tonight with their ace on the mound.
The Royals will not roll over though and the team enjoyed a breather in its schedule on Thursday for the second time in four days, so its big bats will come in well rested ready to swing.
About the Houston Astros (37-36)
The Astros have posted a 20-8 mark after a sluggish start to the season. They enter this contest on the back of five consecutive wins and they’ve lost only one of their past eight games.
Dallas Keuchel (3-9, 5.32) will take the bump for Houston in tonight’s contest. He allowed just two runs in seven strong innings of a no-decision against Cincinnati on Saturday. Keuchel has not had much success on the road this season sitting on a 2-6 mark and a gaudy 5.91 ERA through nine starts. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA in six career games against Kansas City.
Houston’s bullpen ranks among the best in baseball this season with a 3.22 ERA and a 13-10 record. Their relievers have combined for 22 saves on 32 opportunities to close out a game.
About the Kansas City Royals (38-33)
The Royals are 25-8 at home, a .758 winning percentage that ranks as the best in the majors. The Royals are 12-1 in their past two homestands with the only loss to Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
Edinson Volquez (7-6, 4.12) will take the mound for Kansas City tonight. He owns a 6-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in nine career regular-season starts versus Houston and enters Friday’s contest with a two-game winning streak. He’s 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA at Kauffmann Stadium, compared with 2-4 with a 6.82 ERA on the road.
The Royals bulllpen has the best ERA in baseball this season with a 2.75 mark. Their relievers have combined for a 14-5 record with 19 successful saves on 27 chances.
Astros are 15-3 in Keuchels last 18 starts with 5 days of rest.
Astros are 10-3 in Keuchels last 13 starts during game 1 of a series.
Astros are 0-6 in Keuchels last 6 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
Astros are 1-4 in Keuchels last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Royals are 18-6 in their last 24 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Royals are 2-8 in their last 10 games following a loss.
Royals are 9-2 in Volquezs last 11 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Royals are 21-6 in Volquezs last 27 home starts.
Head To Head
Astros are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City.
Astros are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
The Pick: Houston Astros -115
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