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Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Betting Pick and Odds Preview

Kansas City Royals

vs

Houston Astros
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:10 PM ET
Minute Maid Park

The Kansas City Royals will look to pick up a road win when they take on the Astros in Houston at Minute Maid Park on Thursday in MLB baseball betting odds action.

James Shields gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Kansas City Royals on this Thursday; he's 0-2 on the season. The Houston Astros, meanwhile, will counter with Scott Feldman, who will be looking to improve on his 2-0 mark.

Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Houston Astros as -110 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

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Computer Prediction: Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Royals to win this game 2.9-2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Astros sport a record of 5-10 heading into this matchup, while the Kansas City Royals sit at 6-7 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Kansas City injuries news.

The Houston Astros sit at No. 30 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Kansas City Royals sit at No. 21 on the same chart.

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How Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Houston Astros No. 30 ranked offense (2.93 runs per game) against a Kansas City Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 at 4 runs allowed per game. The Houston Astros have been averaging 6.13 hits per game, less than the Kansas City Royals have managed so far this season (8.08 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Houston has the No. 22-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City won its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Astros on April 16. Bettors who backed the Royals at -115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Royals beat Houston in extra innings, earning a 6-4 victory at Minute Maid Park in MLB wagering action.

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City home to Minnesota, Friday, April 18th
Houston at Oakland, Friday, April 18th