Kansas City Royals (21-40) vs Oakland Athletics (31-30)Date : 06/08/2018
Time : 10:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Stadium, Oakland, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics
Game 2 of a 4-game set between the visiting Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics will take place at Oakland Alameda Stadium, Oakland, California on Friday night at 10:05 pm EST. The A’s had recently found themselves in a bit of a rough patch lately having lost 2 of their last 3 games while remaining in the 4th place slot within the AL West while the Royals, on the other hand, have dropped their last 3 contests, yet, due largely to the inconsistency of the White Sox, find themselves in 4th place within the AL Central division rankings. This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with the A’s winning 2 of 3 at Kauffman Stadium on 6-3-2018.
Kansas City Royals's Latest Performance :
The Royals come into this matchup losers of 4 their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1. Recently, after winning a 4-game road set versus the Texas Rangers on 5-27-2018, they would also go on to win a 3-game home set versus the Minnesota Twins on 5-30-2018. Nevertheless, the Royals would fall on hard times lately as they would lose their following 3-game home set versus the Oakland Athletics on 6-3-2018 while also dropping the first 2 games of a 3-game road set versus the Angels.
For the season, the Royals are averaging 3.97 runs per game (27th) with a team batting average of .253 (12th), 54 homers (28th), along with 30 stolen bases (14th). Their pitching staff ranks at the bottom with an ERA of 5.42 (30th) with 440 strikeouts (29th) with 23 quality starts on the year (19th).
Mike Moustakas (.270 BA on 237 AB), Jorge Soler (.268 BA on 205 AB), and Whit Merrifield (.286 BA on 227 AB) have been solid thus far at the plate for Kansas City. Jon Jay (.307 BA on 238 AB) and Lucas Duda (.256 BA on 133 AB) have also provided a small spark to the offense this season.
Jakob Junis (5-5) has been a bright spot for the Royal pitching staff this year going 74.2 innings this year while allowing 30 runs on 66 hits, 12 homers, 18 walks, and 71 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.62.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The Oakland Athletics have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-1-1. Recently, the A’s won 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 set, altogether, on 5-31-2018. They would recover, however, in their next 3-game road set versus the Royals as they took the series in game 3 by a score of 5-1 on 6-3-2018. They would, however, drop a game 1 matchup on the road versus the Texas Rangers on 6-5-2018 in the opener of a 3-game series by a score of 7-4.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.48 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .241 (20th), 76 homers (5th), along with 12 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.93 (15th) with 455 strikeouts (28th) along with 26 quality starts on the season (15th).
Jed Lowrie (.294 BA on 238 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.230 BA on 187 AB), Marcus Semien (.257 BA on 249 AB), and Matt Chapman (.231 BA on 221 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.256 BA on 219 AB) and Khris Davis (.236 B on 199 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.
The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (5-6, 80.1 IP, 29 R, 64 H, 12 HR, 18 BB, 58 SO, 3.59 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (6-4, 74.1 IP, 29 R, 64 H, 6 HR, 8 BB, 48 SO, 2.91 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.
How Kansas City Royals & Oakland Athletics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Royals are 26-35 ATS while the O/U is 24-33-4. On the other hand, the Athletics are 28-33 ATS while the O/U is 28-29-4.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will be interesting in that you have a Royals team that had recently been playing better in winning 6 of 9, however, they have since lost 3 of their last 4 games and desperately looking to maintain some type of spark in which to return to their previous winning ways. The A’s have had an up and down season as well, yet, have won 3 of their last 5 games. The pitcher for Oakland has not been named, however, Jakob Junis (5-5) will come to the mound for the Royals on Friday night in which to get only his 1st win in 5 starts. He has allowed an average of 3 runs in his last 5 starts while the under has been the play in 4 of his last 5 outings. The A’s offense, on the other hand, has averaged over 9 runs in their last 3 wins.
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Both teams have struggled thus far in the season, which makes deciding the actual winner-loser that much more complicated. It is for this reason that I will concentrate on the total in this game 2 matchup. As stated, the under has been the result in the majority of Junis’ last few starts due to his spectacular pitching. Combine this with the fact that the under has been the play in 6 of the last 9 for the A’s and in 4 of the last 8 for the Royals, I expect the trends to hold true in that this will not be a game where tons of runs will be scored from, primarily, two offenses that tend to struggle (most of the time).
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Athletics are 6-1 in last 7 road games
- The Over is 4-2-1 in Athletics last 7 road games
- The Under is 6-2-1 in Athletics last 9 games
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Betting Trends for Kansas City Royals
- The Royals are 7-5 in Junis’ last 12 starts
- The Over is 3-1-1 in Royals last 5 games
- The Under is 9-7 in Royals last 16 games