Kansas City Royals (56-69, fourth in AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (74-52, first in AL West)
Houston; Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING LIKELIHOODS: Royals: Mike Minor (8-11, 5.34 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 139 strikeouts) Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (10-4, 3.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 144 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -235, Royals +193; Over / Under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Kansas City meet on Wednesday.
The Astros are 40-25 in their home seat. Houston has a collective batting average of .267 this season, led by Yuli Gurriel with an average of .317.
The Royals are on their way 24-38. Kansas City has beaten .389 this season. Salvador Perez leads the team with a .520 slugging percentage, including 52 extra base hits and 33 home runs.
The Astros won the last encounter 4-0. Luis Garcia took his 10th win and Carlos Correa went 3-3 with a double and two RBIs for Houston. Brady Singer suffered his ninth loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMER: Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with 25 homers and has 85 RBIs.
Perez leads the Royals with 52 additional base hits and is .520 slug.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Astros: 4-6, 0.285 batting average, 3.44 ERA, outperformed opponents by 15 runs
Royals: 7-3, 0.279 batting average, 2.70 ERA, outperformed opponents by 12 runs
INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Jose Urquidy: (arm), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Enoli Paredes: (shoulder), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (not known), Kent Emanuel: (Elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Chas McCormick: (hand), Alex Bregman: (thigh).
Royals: Greg Holland: (shoulder), Jesse Hahn: (shoulder), Jake Brentz: (shoulder), Ronald Bolanos: (flexor), Carlos Santana: (hip), Adalberto Mondesi: (oblique).
The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and Sportradar data.
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