Athletics vs. Royals Prediction
The Oakland Athletics look to avoid a letdown on the road today when they travel to face the Kansas City Royals at 8:15PM ET.
963 Oakland Athletics vs. 964 Kansas City Royals
Monday, August 26, 2019
8:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -160 to win. The Royals are listed with a money line of +135 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for the contest currently has 75 percent going on the Athletics on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Oakland drops two to Giants
The Oakland Athletics dropped both games in a short two-game homestand with the Giants this weekend. Oakland is 74-55 on the season, 31-29 on the road and 69-58 with the under. Oakland has Homer Bailey getting the start tonight. He is 11-8 on the year with a 5.06 ERA.
The Athletics have a pretty good pitching staff. Oakland has a 4.06 team ERA this year with a 1.26 team WHIP. At the plate, Oakland is averaging 5.04 runs per game while batting .247 as a team. Matt Chapman is leading the team with 32 doubles, 29 home runs and 72 RBI while Matt Olson has 17 doubles, 26 home runs and 64 RBI.
Royals end skid
Kansas City is coming off a 9-8 win over Cleveland on Sunday to end a four-game losing streak. The Royals are 46-85 on the season, 24-39 at home and 63-62 with the under. KC has Brad Keller getting the start tonight. He is 7-13 on the year with a 3.95 ERA.
The Royals are putting up 4.23 runs per game this season while hitting just 2.42 as a team. On the mound, KC has a 5.01 team ERA this year with a 1.46 team WHIP. Jorge Soler has been leading the team with 25 doubles, 36 home runs and 91 RBI while Whit Merrifield has 33 doubles, 15 home runs, 65 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics are 7-2 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter and 20-6 in their last 26 games following a loss.
The Royals are 1-7 in their last eight home games and 2-7 in their last nine series openers.
Bailey is a former Royal that is coming off back-to-back solid starts for Oakland. Keller has had some good outings this year, but doesn’t get a lot of run support. Bailey is familiar with the KC hitters and the stadium, so he should be comfortable there. I think he gets some run support from his solid lineup. Oakland has the better hitting and pitching. The Athletics should get the job done.
MLB Prediction: Oakland Athletics -160