Astros vs. Royals MLB Best Bets for April 9: Revenge or Repeat?

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Members of the Houston Astros pitching staff walk to the dugout before the game against the New York Yankees during Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on March 28, 2024 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

MLB Pick: Under 8.5 (-103) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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A full baseball betting card for Tuesday includes a series opener in Kansas City between the Royals and Astros, and the top sportsbooks have Houston favored despite being embarrassed in this rivalry a season ago.

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If you’re considering placing bets on these matchups, continue reading for a detailed analysis and the latest betting odds.

Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, April 09, 2024 – 07:40 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium

Will it be payback time for the Astros after the Royals took 5 of 6 from them in 2023? Houston opens this series with Cristian Javier (1-0, 0.00 ERA) while Kansas City hopes to draw first blood with southpaw Cole Ragans (0-1, 1.46)

Astros Lead AL with 16 HR

He was a bit wild with 5 walks, but Javier made up for that by allowing just 1 hit in his 5 innings of an 8-0 win over the Blue Jays last Wednesday. He tossed 6 shutout innings against the Yankees before that, but has dropped both of his previous 2 career starts against KC.

Kansas City has wasted a couple of fine outings by Ragans. The Florida native has surrendered just 2 runs in his 12+ innings while striking out 16, but the Royals have slumbered at the plate by scoring just 4 runs combined in losses to the Twins and Orioles. He is 1-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 5 career starts vs. Houston.

The Pick

Both of Ragans’ starts in a KC uniform last year against Houston went ‘over’ the totals, and the Astros come into this series off a big win at Texas on Monday with Yordan Alvarez’s bat smoking hot. My free MLB pick will ignore all of that, however, and bank on the starting pitchers getting their job done.

MLB Pick: Under 8.5 (-103) at Heritage Sports

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