Lopez leads Royals against the Astros after 4-hit performance
Kansas City Royals (29-48, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (51-27, first in the AL West)
Houston; Monday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Jonathan Heasley (1-4, 5.20 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 35 strikeouts); Astros: Jake Odorizzi (0-0)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -240, Royals +200; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals play the Houston Astros after Nicky Lopez had four hits against the Tigers on Sunday.
Houston is 24-11 in home games and 51-27 overall. Astros hitters have a collective .318 on-base percentage, the fifth-ranked percentage in the AL.
Kansas City has a 15-23 record in road games and a 29-48 record overall. The Royals are 11-7 in games when they hit at least two home runs.
The teams meet Monday for the fourth time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez has nine doubles, two triples and 23 home runs while hitting .310 for the Astros. Jose Altuve is 12-for-35 with four doubles and three home runs over the past 10 games.
Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 11 home runs while slugging .438. Andrew Benintendi is 14-for-36 with a double and four RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 8-2, .251 batting average, 1.90 ERA, outscored opponents by 29 runs
Royals: 4-6, .234 batting average, 4.60 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
INJURIES: Astros: Jason Castro: 10-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat), Parker Mushinski: 15-Day IL (elbow), Jake Odorizzi: 15-Day IL (leg), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)
Royals: Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (neck), Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (blister), Salvador Perez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)