Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 6/5/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-200) Kansas City (+170)
The Houston Astros (34-18) are en route to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday where they will meet the Kansas City Royals (16-34). The moneyline on this contest has the Astros at -200 and the Royals are at +170. The over/under comes in at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Framber Valdez and Jon Heasley.
As a squad, the Houston Astros are notching 4.2 runs per outing, which puts them at 19th in the league. They have racked up 216 runs while holding a team OBP of .309. The Astros have accounted for 81 doubles as a squad and have smacked 67 balls out of the park. They have 211 RBI's as well as 400 hits this season, while their team batting average is .233. Houston has a slugging rate of .404 and have been rung up 391 times, while being walked on 177 occasions.
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The Astros have an ERA of 2.85 this year (3rd in baseball), and their staff has struck out 424 batters. They have a K/BB ratio of 3.01 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.12. Astros pitchers have given up 41 home runs and 165 runs in total (3rd in the league). They have walked 141 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.54 as a squad on the year.
The Astros relievers have a save percentage of 82.4% and has entered the game in 48 save situations. The relievers have inherited 52 base runners for the year with 23.1% of them ended up scoring. Astros relief pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 34 times in addition to having 48 appearances in high leverage situations. The Astros have dispatched 160 relievers to the mound on the season. The relievers are sitting with 31 holds this season (14th in the league). They have recorded 14 saves this season and have blown 3 of their 17 save opportunities.
The Houston Astros have accounted for 1,375 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 418 assists and 23 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .987 which ranks 9th in MLB, and they have twisted 39 double plays. The Astros have turned 72.2% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 4,125 innings, which has them sitting at 4th in MLB.
Valdez has thrown 376 innings and has accounted for 353 punch outs so far in his MLB career. Valdez (29-19 career win-loss mark) has a FIP of 3.90 while going up against 1,599 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.54 (148 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.282. He has surrendered 318 base hits (7.6 hits per nine innings) and has 164 walks.
Kansas City has hit 36 home runs so far this season to go along with 174 runs batted in. They have recorded 80 two-baggers, while taking a walk 142 times as well as scoring 185 runs. The Kansas City Royals have tallied a team on-base percentage of .298 in addition to a team batting average of .236 on the season. The Royals hold a slugging % of .359 and they average 3.70 runs per outing (26th in baseball). They have struck out on 388 instances (26th in the league) and are sitting with 400 hits.
The Kansas City pitching staff have yielded 269 runs this season while having an ERA of 5.19 (252 earned runs surrendered). They have conceded 54 homers and they allow 5.54 runs per 9 innings (27th in the league). The Royals have a WHIP of 1.501 with a FIP of 4.65 as a pitching staff so far this season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.75 (339 strikeouts vs 194 walks). They sit at 27th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 462.
Kansas City relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 30.8% of 104 inherited runners. Their relievers have taken the field 62 times in high leverage situations and also on 65 occasions with base runners. With 39 save situations, the Royals have tallied 21 holds in addition to 7 blown saves. They are currently ranked 28th in baseball with a save percentage of 56.3%, and they have sent 179 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. Kansas City has called on relief pitchers to enter the game in 16 save chances and they have walked away with 9 saves.
In 3,933 innings on the field, the Royals have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 68.5% (24th in professional baseball). The Kansas City Royals have turned 45 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .988 (4th in MLB). The Royals have 470 assists, 21 errors and have 1,311 putouts for the year.
In his pro baseball career, Heasley has allowed 33 base knocks while earning 16 strikeouts in 34 innings. He has given up a total of 18 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.529 and a FIP of 6.5. His strikeout to walk ratio is 0.84 and he has gone up against 149 opposing hitters during his career. Heasley (1-3 career mark) has earned a 4.76 ERA while allowing 8.7 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City (+170)
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