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MLB BASEBALL

Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals will be trying to extend a winning streak on Friday when they take on the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium.

Righthander Jordan Lyles will take the mound for the Astros to start this game. Lyles is 3-1 this season with a 4.30 ERA.

Starting this game for the Royals will be James Shields. The righthander has a 2.83 ERA to go along with a 2-6 record this season.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Orioles at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -155 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Kansas City won its last outing, a 7-3 result against the Twins on June 6. Bettors who backed the Royals at -143 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Current streak:
Kansas City has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 22-39 SU
Kansas City: 25-32 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 3-7
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Houston is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Kansas City is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games

Next up:
Kansas City home to Houston, Saturday, June 8