In the first of a four-game series between the Houston Astros (2-4) and the Kansas City Royals (4-1) at Minute Maid Park, Collin McHugh (0-1, 135.00 ERA) and Chris Young (0-1, 3.60 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 11 and will air on RTSW and FSKC.
In his last start, McHugh pitched 0.1 inning, allowing six runs (one unearned) and walking two in a 16-6 loss to the Yankees. Preston Tucker (.385 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Royals were also unsuccessful the last time Young pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 2-0 loss to the Mets. Mike Moustakas (.250 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have the Astros as -150 Faves and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5. The Astros are a power hitting team with 12 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with seven steals.
The Royals are one of the top pitching staffs in the AL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 2.15 runs allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Royals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Astros are 0-1. The Royals are 3-0 in close games this season.
Houston has lost all of its games (0-2) when leading after seven innings. However, Kansas City has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 0-2 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 2-1. The Royals have a 3-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Kansas City has earned 19 this season. Houston ranks 11th with 28 runs.
Ranking 21st, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 14 this season. Houston ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 16.
The Astros are 2-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 2-0 when they hit at least one homer.