Royals vs. Astros: ALDS Game 3 Preview & Prediction

The Kansas City Royals head to Texas with a fight on their hands, tied 1-1 in their best-of-5 ALDS series with the Houston Astros. Can KC wrest back home-field advantage with a win in Game 3? Here's our preview and prediction.

Starting Lineups

Kansas City Royals

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios

SP Edinson Volquez

Houston Astros

2B Jose Altuve
RF George Springer
SS Carlos Correa
LF Colby Rasmus
DH Evan Gattis
CF Carlos Gomez
3B Luis Valbuena
1B Chris Carter
C Jason Castro

SP Dallas Keuchel

Key To The Game:

Our pick for the AL Cy Young award, Dallas Keuchel dazzled once again in Houston's AL Wild Card Game win over the New York Yankees. He threw six scoreless innings of three-hit ball, striking out seven against just one walk in a 3-0 triumph. The Kansas City Royals' lineup has solved many a top pitcher this year. They'll have their work cut out for them against Keuchel in Houston's first home playoff game in a long time.

What They're Saying About Kansas City

Kansas City's succesful contact-hitting strategy

The bullpen is leading the way for the Royals

What They're Saying About Houston

Carlos Gomez in the lineup today

AJ Hinch for Manager of the Year?

Prediction: Astros Win 5-2

Too much Keuchel. Too much good mojo for these young Astros. Colby Rasmus will hit YET ANOTHER big home run and Houston will win this one going away.

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