Kansas City Royals (21-42) vs Oakland Athletics (32-31)Date : 06/10/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Stadium, Oakland, California
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Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics
The finale 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 Sunday afternoon at 4:05 pm EST. The A’s remain in the 4th place slot within the AL West while the Royals, on the other hand, have dropped their last 5 contests, yet, 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 their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. 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 a 3-game home set to the Athletics along with a 3-game set versus the Los Angeles Angels on 6-6-2018. They would follow up this series by dropping game 1 of a 4-game road set versus Oakland on 6-7-2018.
For the season, the Royals are averaging 3.90 runs per game (28th) with a team batting average of .251 (12th), 55 homers (28th), along with 30 stolen bases (15th). Their pitching staff ranks at the bottom with an ERA of 5.40 (30th) with 456 strikeouts (29th) with 23 quality starts on the year (22nd).
Mike Moustakas (.272 BA on 243 AB), Jorge Soler (.269 BA on 212 AB), and Whit Merrifield (.284 BA on 236 AB) have been solid thus far at the plate for Kansas City. Both Jon Jay (.307 BA on 238 AB), before being traded to the D’backs, and Lucas Duda (.256 BA on 133 AB) also provided a much-needed 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 1-3-1. Recently, the A’s lost a 4-game home set against the Rays on 5-31-2018, yet, recover 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 by an 8-2 final in game 2. Nonetheless, the A’s would come out strong in game 1 of a 4-game home series versus the Royals on 6-7-2018 and would pick up the 4-1 victory.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.43 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .242 (19th), 78 homers (5th), along with 12 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 (14th) with 468 strikeouts (28th) along with 27 quality starts on the season (14th).
Jed Lowrie (.294 BA on 245 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.242 BA on 190 AB), Marcus Semien (.256 BA on 258 AB), and Matt Chapman (.232 BA on 228 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.257 BA on 226 AB) and Khris Davis (.242 B on 207 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, 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 27-36 ATS while the O/U is 24-35-4. On the other hand, the Athletics are 29-34 ATS while the O/U is 28-30-5.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be interesting as the Royals’ Brad Keller (1-2) will come to the mound looking to build from his 1st major league start where he pitched 4.1 innings while allowing 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts in a 1-0 road victory versus the Angels on 6-5-2018. This will be Keller’s first crack at this Athletics lineup, however, for the season, he has pitched (mostly in reliever status) 29.1 innings while also allowing 9 walks and 19 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.12. Again, it will be interesting to see how Keller goes after the batters within Oakland’s lineup who have really struggled both individually and as a team in recent outings.
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Much like the Royals, the A’s had begun to heat up recently, however, they were bought back down to earth by losing 3 of their last 4 games while averaging 3.7 runs in those losses. On the other hand, the Royals have lost 4 of their last 6 games and are reeling once again. The good news is that they will bring to the mound their young pitching talent in Keller who has really pitched well recently. The under has been the play in 8 of Keller’s last 10 appearances on the mound and with the way the A’s lineup has been up and down all year, I expect those trends to continue in the finale.
Betting trends for Kansas City Royals:
- Betting Trends for Kansas City Royals
- The Royals are 1-5 in last 6 road games
- The Under is 10-5-2 in Royals last 17 games
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Athletics are 4-6 in last 10 home games
- The Over is 3-1-1 in Athletics last 5 games
- The Under is 5-1 in Athletics last 6 home games