Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (8-3) at Oakland Athletics (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
K Medlen (1-0) (3.60) vs. C Bassitt (0-0) (2.92)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +113 / Kansas City Royals -123 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, CSCA
The Sunday afternoon MLB schedule this weekend features a nice-looking matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum.
This will be game three of this weekend series. In the first game on Friday, the Royals took care of business and got the opening win 4-2. As for Saturday’s game two, Oakland got some revenge and took the victory 5-3, scoring three times in the first inning.
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Kansas City will be wheeling out right-hander Kris Medlen for Sunday’s finale'. Medlen has had some issues with spotting his pitches in 2016, but did get a win in his lone appearance Tuesday against the Astros, with two runs on six hits in five innings. It should be something of an up-and-down campaign for Medlen by year’s end.
The Royals lineup has plenty of talent across the board, but has been somewhat underwhelming this season overall. Eric Hosmer has played well, however, with 14 hits, five runs and five RBI. Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon have combined for 19 hits, 12 runs and eight RBI, but have also struck out 32 times between them.
Over on the A’s side, they’ll be bringing right-hander Chris Bassitt to the mound. Bassitt has given mixed results in his two starts so far, with a 2.92 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 12.1 innings of work. Bassitt was great in his last appearance, though, with one unearned run and three hits in seven innings against the Mariners on Sunday.
Oakland has had some mixed results at the plate so far this year as well. Danny Valencia has produced 11 hits but just two RBI. Jed Lowrie, meanwhile, has seven RBI but sports a paltry .209 BA. Marcus Seimen has hit well for Oakland thus far, with nine hits, four homers and six RBI.
The Royals are 7-1 in their last eight game threes of a series, and 6-1 in their last seven Sunday games. KC is also 5-0 in Medlen’s last five road starts. As for the Athletics, they’re 1-7 in Bassitt’s last eight starts, and 1-5 in their last six Sunday games.
Given the potential talent of the Royals hitters, it’s hard to find a good reason to pick against Kansas City here--despite Saturday’s loss. Medlen shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping the A’s under control and winning the series.