Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Kansas City Royals will face off against the Oakland Athletics in a Tuesday night game. The game gets underway 10:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will be showing this AL showdown.

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Kansas City (+240) is the underdog against Oakland (-280) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 9.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total currently sit at -125 for the over and +105 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at Royals +1.5 runs (+115) and Athletics -1.5 runs (-135).

The Royals are 56-95 SU and are 69-81 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 22.5 units for moneyline bettors and 25.6 units ATS. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 90-61 SU and 86-64 ATS. The team has gained 26.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 20.8 units ATS.

Oakland games have an over/under record of 69-76-5 in 2019. The Royals have been a decent over bet with a total record of 74-68-8.

The right-handed Jorge Lopez is the projected starter for the visiting Royals. Lopez (4-7, 6.09 ERA) has racked up 102 strikeouts in 109.1 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 27.00 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are sending lefty Brett Anderson (12-9, 4.07 ERA) to the mound. Anderson has 85 strikeouts and 48 walks to his name, along with a WHIP of 1.33. Anderson hasn’t faced the Royals yet this year and did not register a start against them in 2018.

Oakland’s pitching staff has yielded 4.3 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The team’s starting pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.04 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

The Oakland hitters have put up 5.3 runs per contest, including 7.5 per game over its last 10 games and 7.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .268/.343/.557 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Athletics’ batters have been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman. Semien is slashing .284/.365/.519 with 31 home runs, 87 RBIs and 117 runs scored, and Chapman’s line is .249/.341/.512 with 34 homers, 85 RBIs and 96 runs.

In the other dugout, Kansas City’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.22 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.09, along with a K-per-9 of 8.63.

The Royals offense has slashed .246/.310/.401 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Second baseman Whit Merrifield and outfielder Jorge Soler have led Kansas City’s offense. Merrifield is slashing .307/.354/.472 with 16 home runs, 74 RBIs, 100 runs and 18 stolen bases, while Soler is hitting .258/.347/.560 with 45 homers, 109 RBIs and 86 runs scored.

The Royals have lost 5.3 units and are 18-22 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 20 of those games, as opposed to 16 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 7.7 units and are 58-50 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 49 of those games, compared to 56 that went under the total.

Royals at Athletics MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Royals have a team OPS of .711 this season, including an OPS of .696 when facing left-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS stands at .783 overall and .821 against lefties.
  • Oakland has posted 28.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.8 over its last five.
  • The Royals have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 24 over their last 10.