Kansas City Royals (21-41) vs Oakland Athletics (31-31)Date : 06/09/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Stadium, Oakland, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics
Game 3 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 Saturday afternoon at 4:05 pm EST. The A’s had recently won two straight with the 2nd win being a 16-0 win over the Royals on 6-1-2018; However, they have since lost 3 of their last 4 games while currently remaining in the 4th place slot within the AL West. The Royals, on the other hand, continue to trade wins for losses and continue to find themselves in the cellar of 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 1-3-1. Recently, Kansas City would go on to win a 3-game home set versus the Minnesota Twins on 5-30-2018. Nevertheless, the Royals would lose their next two series, a 3-game home set versus the Athletics along with a 3-game road sweep thanks to the bats and solid pitching of the Los Angeles Angels on 6-6-2018.
For the season, the Royals are averaging 3.95 runs per game (26th) with a team batting average of .253 (12th), 54 homers (28th), along with 30 stolen bases (15th). Their pitching staff ranks at the bottom with an ERA of 5.41 (30th) with 448 strikeouts (29th) with 23 quality starts on the year (20th).
Mike Moustakas (.272 BA on 239 AB), Jorge Soler (.273 BA on 209 AB), and Whit Merrifield (.289 BA on 232 AB) have been solid thus far at the plate for Kansas City. Both Jon Jay (.307 BA on 238 AB) and Lucas Duda (.256 BA on 133 AB) also provide a spark to the offense.
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 lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1. Recently, the A’s lost a 4-game home set against the Rays on 5-31-2018, yet, recovered in their following 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 2-game set against the Texas Rangers on 6-6-2018 losing game 2 by a score of 8-2.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.44 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .242 (18th), 77 homers (5th), along with 12 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 (14th) with 462 strikeouts (28th) along with 26 quality starts on the season (15th).
Jed Lowrie (.299 BA on 241 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.230 BA on 187 AB), Marcus Semien (.252 BA on 254 AB), and Matt Chapman (.228 BA on 224 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.256 BA on 223 AB) and Khris Davis (.241 B on 203 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, 78.1 IP, 34 R, 63 H, 12 HR, 18 BB, 58 SO, 3.59 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (6-5, 78.1 IP, 34 R, 69 H, 10 HR, 11 BB, 51 SO, 3.45 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 27-35 ATS while the O/U is 24-34-4. 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 in game 3 will be interesting in that you have an A’s team that will be looking to obtain some huge wins against two sub-par teams in the Rangers (to whom they are currently tied in a 2-game road set) and the lowly Royals, who have lost 7 of their last 11 games. The pitcher for the A’s have not been announced, however, Danny Duffy (2-6) will come to the mound for the Royals looking to deliver a much better performance than the one in his last outing where he pitched 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 2 homers in a 9-6 road loss to the Los Angeles Angels on 6-4-2018. Marcus Semien (.250 BA on 8 AB), Jonathan Lucroy (.222 BA on 9 AB), Chad Pinder (1-4), and Khris Davis (.167 BA on 6 AB) have had the most experience against Duffy within the A’s lineup. On the other hand, Mark Canha (1-2), Jed Lowrie (1-3), Josh Phegley (1-3), Matt Joyce (0-2), Stephen Piscotty (0-3), and matt Chapman (0-2) also have a bit of experience and success against the left-hander in their careers.
Totals Selection: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Duffy has given up a tad over 4 runs in his last 4 road starts. Combine this with the fact that the Athletics have averaged over 9 runs per game in their last 3 wins, the over will certainly be the play in this matchup on Saturday. Of course, Oakland will possess much (if not all) of the momentum entering this contest, so, they should really be able to shine in this contest against a pitcher than has been very lackluster on the hill in his last few starts. Besides, the Royals have lost 7 of their last 11 road games and the trends seem to suggest that this game will be no different from their usual output on the road.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Betting Trends for Kansas City Royals
- The Royals are 1-4 in last 5 road games
- The Under is 8-5-2 in Royals last 14 games
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Over is 3-1-1 in Athletics last 5 games
- The Under is 9-6-1 in Athletics last 16 games