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Baseball Preview - Royals at Astros

June 24, 2009
Baseball Betting Preview and Free Pick - Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros 8:05 ET

By Matt Fargo

The Royals took Game One of this series last night and they can use that to build some momentum following their recent five-game losing streak.

That came right after a four-game winning streak and Kansas City has been a very streaky team this season. The offense has improved of late, scoring five runs or more in seven of their last nine games.

The Astros fells to 16-19 at home with that defeat on Tuesday, so the home field edge is not a big advantage this season.

Roy Oswalt of the AstrosThey are big favorites tonight based on the fact Roy Oswalt is pitching, but he has been far from a solid proposition this season.

He is having one of his worst seasons and has been extremely inconsistent from the start. He is coming off a complete game, but he allowed five runs while throwing a season-high 126 pitches.

Oswalt is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA at home and Houston is just 3-4 in his seven home starts. He's allowing opponents to hit .287 at Minute Maid Park on the year.

Oswalt will be opposed by Luke Hochevar who is coming off another poor performance but only two of his six starts this season have been really rough ones.

The Royals are 3-3 in his games this season and following a horrible performance in his opening start, his ERA is a more respectable 4.60 in his last five outings with two of those being quality starts.

Houston is hitting just .252 over its last 10 games including a mere .237 against right-handed pitching.

Conversely, the Royals are hitting .267 and .269 respectively.

The Royals are 7-2 in their last nine Interleague games against a team with a losing record while the Astros are 1-6 in their last seven Interleague games against a team with a losing record.

The value is in place for a big underdog winner tonight.

Pick: Kansas City Royals (+161) available at

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