Oakland Athletics (28-27) vs Kansas City Royals (19-36)Date : 06/01/2018
Time : 8:15 pm EST
Location : Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
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Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals
Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Oakland Athletics and the oft-struggling Kansas City Royals will take place on Friday night at 8:15 pm EST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The A’s have, once again, hit a bit of turbulence lately and currently occupies the 4th place slot within the AL West while the Royals are in 4th place within the AL Central division. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads, yet, both teams have split the last 6 meetings with the A’s taking 2 of 3 from the Royals in their last showdown at Kauffman Stadium on 4-10-2017.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The Oakland Athletics have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the A’s completed a 4-game road sweep of the slumping Toronto Blue Jays on 5-20-2018. The Rays would go on to lose a 3-game home set to the Mariners while yet winning a 3-game home set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on 5-27-2018. This would not translate into their following 4-game home set against the Rays as they dropped the first 2 games of the set.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.31 runs per game (15th) with a team batting average of .240 (19th), 66 homers (9th), along with 11 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.94 (13th) with 417 strikeouts (26th) along with 24 quality starts on the season (12th).
Jed Lowrie (.307 BA on 212 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.229 BA on 166 AB), Marcus Semien (.268 BA on 235 AB), and Matt Chapman (.231 BA on 199 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.240 BA on 196 AB) and Khris Davis (.235 B on 183 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.
The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (5-5, 70 IP, 28 R, 54 H, 9 HR, 13 BB, 53 SO, 3.34 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (5-4, 66.1 IP, 26 R, 58 H, 6 HR, 6 BB, 43 SO, 2.85 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Royals come into this matchup losers of 3 their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, after dropping a 3-game road set versus the New York Yankees on 5-20-2018, the Royals would go on to win a 3-game road series against the Cardinals on 5-23-2018. Kansas City would then tie a 4-game road set versus the Texas Rangers on 5-27-2018 with a 5-3 win in game 4. The Royals would go on to tie a 3-game set versus the Minnesota Twins at home by a sore of 2-1 on 5-29-2018.
For the season, the Royals are averaging 3.98 runs per game (26th) with a team batting average of .254 (11th), 48 homers (28th), along with 25 stolen bases (15th). Their pitching staff ranks at the bottom with an ERA of 5.21 (30th) with 397 strikeouts (29th) with 21 quality starts on the year (20th).
Mike Moustakas (.277 BA on 213 AB), Jorge Soler (.264 BA on 182 AB), and Whit Merrifield (.286 BA on 210 AB) have been solid thus far at the plate for Kansas City. Jon Jay (.307 BA on 215 AB) and Lucas Duda (.256 BA on 133 AB) have also provided a small spark to the offense this season.
Jakob Junis (5-4) has been a bright spot for the Royal pitching staff this year going 67.1 innings this year while allowing 27 runs on 60 hits, 12 homers, 17 walks, and 62 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.61. Ian Kennedy (1-5), Jason Hammel (2-5), and Danny Duffy (2-6) have combined for 186.5 innings while allowing 116 runs on 215 hits, 30 homers, 69 walks, and 151 strikeouts with a combined ERA of 5.36.
How Oakland Athletics & Kansas City Royals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Athletics are 24-30 ATS while the O/U is 25-26-3. On the other hand, the Royals are 23-32 ATS while the O/U is 21-31-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While the pitchers for this matchup have not been announced, with the way in which these offenses have played lately, it really would not matter. In other words, both offenses have struggled with the under being the play in 6 of the last 9 games for the Royals while it has been prevalent in 7 of the last 8 games for the A’s. Nonetheless the pitching staffs for both teams have struggled this year and this matchup could be an opportunity to for both teams to put some runs on the board along with gain some confidence at the mound. It will be interesting to see what will result from this game 2 matchup as it relates to how the lineups will adapt to the starters on the mound.
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
As stated, these teams have really struggled this year which makes it very difficult to choose the winner in this matchup on Friday; However, with the under being so prevalent in both team’s recent matchups, I will say that this trend will continue, particularly with both offenses suffering from not being able to obtain timely runs that could potentially put runs on the board. With that being said, expect this to be a competitive, low-scoring contest that will come down to one or two key plays that will seal the win for one of these reeling teams.
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Athletics are 6-1 in last 7 road games
- The Athletics are 7-4 in last 11 games
- The Under is 5-1 in Athletics last 6 games
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Betting Trends for Kansas City Royals
- The Royals are 1-6 in last 7 home games
- The Royals are 5-9 in last 14 games
- The Under is 5-2-1 in Royals last 8 games