Astros Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – July 6, 2022

Written By Staff on July 6, 2022

MJ Melendez takes a two-game home run streak into the Kansas City Royals’ (29-50) matchup with the Houston Astros (53-27) at 8:10 PM ET on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. Cristian Javier starts for Houston (-340 to win), and Brad Keller is Kansas City’s (+275) pick to start.

The betting insights in this article are based off odds valid as of July 6, 2022 at 7:55 PM ET.

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Astros vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Javier (HOU) Pitcher Keller (KC)
4 – 1 W/L 8 – 12
101.1 IP 133.2
3.55 ERA 5.39
1.184 WHIP 1.661
11.5 K/9 8.1
4.7 BB/9 4.3

Astros Probable Starter Cristian Javier

  • Javier starts for the first time this season for the Astros.
  • When he last appeared on Saturday, the 25-year-old right-hander started the game and went seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels.
  • In 36 games last season he put together a 4-1 record and had a 3.55 ERA and a 1.184 WHIP.
  • The Royals have scored 309 total runs this season, making them MLB’s 27th-ranked scoring offense on the season so far. As a team they have a .240 batting average while hitting 67 home runs (25th in the league).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 6, 2022 at 7:55 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Javier

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 2 .500 1 1 4 .500 2.500
Nicky Lopez 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Andrew Benintendi 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Hunter Dozier 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Michael A. Taylor 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • Keller has been named the starter for the Royals and will make his first start this season.
  • The last time the 26-year-old pitched was on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. The righty threw six scoreless innings as the starter in that matchup.
  • He finished last season with a 5.39 ERA and a 1.661 WHIP while earning an 8-12 record.
  • The Astros are batting .242 this season, 15th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .430 (fourth in the league) with 118 home runs.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 6, 2022 at 7:55 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Keller

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Martín Maldonado 5 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Yuli Gurriel 3 .333 1 0 1 .333 .666
Alex Bregman 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Aledmys Díaz 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
José Altuve 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros have won 70.8% of the games this season when they were the moneyline favorite (46-19).
  • Houston has yet to play as a moneyline favorite of -340 or shorter.
  • Based on this contest’s moneyline, the Astros’ implied win probability is 77.3%.
  • Houston has combined with opponents to go over the total 28 times this season for a 28-49-3 record against the over/under.
  • The Astros have a 43-37-0 record ATS this season.
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have entered the game as underdogs 66 times this season and won 24, or 36.4%, of those games.
  • Kansas City has not been a bigger underdog this season than the +275 moneyline set for this game.
  • The Royals have a 26.7% chance to win this game based on the implied probability of the moneyline.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have hit the over in 39 of their 79 games with a total this season.
  • The Royals have an ATS record of 35-44-0 in 79 games with a spread this season.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Yordan Alvarez has put up a team-best OBP (.413) and slugging percentage (.663), and leads the Astros in hits (79). He’s hitting .313 with nine doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 41 walks.
  • Alvarez ranks eighth in batting average, third in on base percentage, and first in slugging among qualifying hitters in MLB play.
  • Kyle Tucker has 12 doubles, 16 home runs and 38 walks while hitting .259.
  • Tucker’s batting average ranks 51st among qualified players, his on-base percentage ranks 31st, and he is 23rd in the league in slugging.
  • Alex Bregman is hitting .244 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 walks.
  • Yuli Gurriel is hitting .227 with 23 doubles, seven home runs and 18 walks.

Astros Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Alex Bregman 271 .244 43 10 42 .361 .778
Yuli Gurriel 269 .227 29 7 24 .282 .672
Kyle Tucker 263 .259 36 16 56 .350 .837
Yordan Alvarez 252 .313 53 25 58 .413 1.076
Jeremy Pena 228 .276 36 12 31 .327 .809
Martín Maldonado 182 .148 20 7 18 .220 .517
Chas McCormick 168 .232 20 8 19 .309 .738
Aledmys Díaz 146 .226 13 4 16 .276 .605
Bryan Abreu 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Framber Valdez 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Royals Players to Watch

  • Whit Merrifield has been key for Kansas City with three home runs, 33 RBI and a batting average of .237 this season.
  • Of all qualifying hitters in MLB, Merrifield is 87th in batting average, 105th in on-base percentage and 117th in slugging percentage.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has 70 hits, which ranks first among Kansas City batters this season. He’s batting .236 with 33 extra-base hits.
  • Among all qualifying hitters, Witt ranks 89th in batting average, 110th in on-base percentage and 45th in slugging percentage.
  • Andrew Benintendi is slashing .313/.381/.398 this season and leads the Royals with an OPS of .779.
  • Hunter Dozier is batting .263 with a .325 OBP and 27 RBI for Kansas City this season.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 321 .237 43 3 33 .290 .617
Bobby Witt Jr. 297 .236 43 12 42 .286 .730
Andrew Benintendi 294 .313 31 3 32 .381 .779
Hunter Dozier 259 .263 33 8 27 .325 .757
Nicky Lopez 232 .228 24 0 8 .290 .566
Michael A. Taylor 192 .271 25 5 23 .352 .748
Cam Gallagher 27 .259 1 0 5 .310 .717
Amir Garrett 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Scott Barlow 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

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