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Royals vs. Athletics - 9/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (60-82) at Kansas City Royals (74-68)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

R Detwiler (1-3) (5.15) vs. D Gee (6-7) (4.34)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -150 / Oakland Athletics +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCA/FSKC

The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals begin a four-game series early Monday night.

The Oakland Athletics could use a big win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Athletics have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.61 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 122 hits, Danny Valencia has 47 RBI and Marcus Semien has 23 home runs. Ross Detwiler gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 5.15 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Detwiler’s second career game against the Royals.

Royals vs. Athletics - 9/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals could use some consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals offense continues to produce big, and they’ve won eight of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 153 hits, Eric Hosmer has 91 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 27 home runs. Danny Duffy takes the hill, and he’s 11-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 167 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. American League Central and 0-6 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series. The Royals are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 7-19 in their last 26 vs. American League West. The Athletics are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City.

The Royals are still fighting for a playoff spot and are getting consistent production from their lineup. The A's have thrown in the towel on the season and keep finding creative ways to lose. Royals have won seven of Duffy's last 10 outings. Have to side with KC in this spot at home.

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Kansas City Royals -1.5

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