Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals: Best Odds and Preview for August 18, 2021


By BestOdds Analyst | August 18, 2021, 1:34 pm

Sportsbooks give the Houston Astros (70-49) the edge (-181 moneyline odds) to end their three-game road losing streak when they play the Kansas City Royals (51-67) (+155 moneyline odds) on Wednesday at 8:10 PM ET. Houston’s Zack Greinke and Kansas City’s Brady Singer will take the mound first.

Best Odds for Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals

Welcome to the BestOdds’ betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances to win the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the MLB matchup between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals in which the Astros are currently the clear pick among bettors to claim victory.

Astros vs Royals Moneyline Action

Astros vs Royals Moneyline Action
Astros Royals
Bet % 76% 24%
Stake % 80% 20%

Astros Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Astros have been victorous in 58, or 61.1%, of the 95 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season.
  • Houston and their opponents have hit the over in 63 of their 119 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • No team has scored more than the 634 runs the Astros have this season.
  • Houston has been favored in 10 of its past 10 games and won five of those matchups.
  • When it comes to the over/under, the Astros and their foes are 3-6-1 in their previous 10 contests.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Greinke (11-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Astros, his 25th of the season.
  • In his last time out on Saturday, the right-hander threw seven scoreless innings against the Angels while surrendering two hits.
  • Greinke’s team has won 16 of his 24 starts.
  • Greinke’s starts with a set total this season have hit the over in 14 of 24 contests.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Jacob Meyers 9 .292 .346 .625 2 5 7
Yordan Alvarez 102 .289 .351 .528 22 77 110
Michael Brantley 96 .328 .380 .476 8 40 124
Yuli Gurriel 102 .312 .379 .472 12 66 117
Carlos Correa 109 .271 .360 .475 19 64 110

Royals Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Royals have a 32-50 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 39% of those games).
  • Kansas City has had an over/under set by bookmakers 118 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 52 of those games (52-59-7).
  • The Royals are the 24th-highest scoring team in MLB action averaging 4.1 runs per game (483 total).
  • Kansas City has a 4-5 record from the nine games it was moneyline underdogs over its last 10 matchups.
  • Over their last 10 matchups (all 10 of them had set totals), the Royals and their opponents combined to hit the over five times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • The Royals will send Singer (3-8) out to make his 21st start of the season. He is 3-8 with a 5.42 ERA and 94 strikeouts through 91 1/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last appeared on Wednesday against the Yankees, when he went 3 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs while giving up 10 hits.
  • Singer’s team has put together a 6-14 record over his 20 starts.
  • Singer has had 20 starts that sportsbooks set a total for this season, and 11 of those matchups hit the over.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Salvador Pérez 117 .275 .305 .514 30 77 125
Carlos Santana 118 .225 .333 .377 17 57 95
Whit Merrifield 118 .274 .318 .389 8 57 129
Andrew Benintendi 91 .255 .307 .398 11 39 84
Ryan O’Hearn 56 .240 .273 .427 9 28 41

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