Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics predictions

As the Kansas City Royals aim to end their losing streak against the struggling Oakland Athletics, they appear to be the safer bet in their upcoming matchup. Read on for our free match preview and betting picks.

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Match Live Wednesday 23 August, 3:40 PM ET
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Key Stats
– The Royals rank 29th in the MLB for on-base percentage this season at .299.
– The Athletics have the worst MLB record this season with 36-90.
– Esteury Ruiz leads the Athletics with 92 hits and 37 RBIs.
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Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics predictions: Game 3 Showdown

Preview: Kansas City Royals

Current Form:

On the verge of ending their 4-match skid, the Kansas City Royals enter the third game of the MLB series. The season hasn’t been kind to the Royals; their 40-88 record is second-worst in the MLB.

Pitching and Offense Insights:

Positioned at 28th, the Royals have an ERA of 5.18 and are 26th in WHIP at 1.41. Moreover, they rank 29th with 27 quality starts. Offensively, the Royals stand 28th with an average of 4.01 runs per game, 19th in batting average at .243, and 28th in home runs, having scored 122 this season. Bobby Witt Jr. has been a standout with 142 hits and 80 RBIs. The duo of Salvador Perez and MJ Melendez is also a force to reckon with, amassing 215 hits and 101 RBIs combined. Cole Ragans will be the starting pitcher for the Royals, holding a season record of 4-4, with a 4.08 ERA and 60 strikeouts. However, his past encounters with the Athletics have been less than favorable.

Quick Stats:

  • The Royals lost their last nine daytime matches against AL West teams following an away game loss.
  • In their recent nine away games against teams with a losing record, the Royals failed to cover the run line eight times.
  • In their last seven away matches, the Royals were behind after the 5th inning.

Preview: Oakland Athletics

Current Form:

The Athletics, although possessing the worst MLB record at 36-90, are showing sparks in the series. They hope to find form after a string of 10 losses in 14 games.

Pitching and Offense Overview:

Their pitching struggles are evident; they rank last in the MLB in ERA (5.78), WHIP (1.54), and quality starts (24). When it comes to offense, the Athletics are also languishing at the bottom, securing the 30th position in runs per game (3.60) and batting average (.224). Esteury Ruiz has been a notable player with 92 hits and 37 RBIs. Combining the efforts of Brent Rooker and Shea Langeliers, they have totaled 160 hits and 95 RBIs. As of this analysis, the starting pitcher for the Athletics remains undisclosed.

Quick Stats:

  • The Athletics have suffered defeats in 30 of their last 33 daytime games against American League teams.
  • Despite their form, they’ve covered the run line in their last seven home matches against AL Central teams with a losing streak.

Expert Prediction:

While the Athletics displayed superiority in the series, their overall season performance cannot be ignored. Their lack of consistency and abysmal record makes backing them a risky affair. In contrast, the Royals, despite their recent losses, showcase better records and have fared better for bettors. Hence, if one has to take a side, the Royals seem to be the more promising choice.

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