Royals vs. Athletics - 9/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (62-82) at Kansas City Royals (74-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Sean Manaea (5-9) (4.33) vs. Y Ventura (10-10) (4.26)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -145 / Oakland Athletics +135 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals play game three of their series Wednesday night.
The Oakland Athletics look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 23 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Oakland Athletics offense continues to run cold for the most part, and they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 124 hits, Danny Valencia has 48 RBI and Marcus Semien has 24 home runs. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he’s 5-9 with a 4.40 ERA and 104 strikeouts this season. This will be Manaea’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals could also use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Royals have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals offense continues to produce, and they’ve split their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 156 hits, Eric Hosmer has 91 RBI and Kendrys Morales has 27 home runs. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Ventura is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 5-14 in their last 19 road games and 1-7 in Manaeas last 8 road starts. The Royals are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 7-1 in Venturas last 8 starts. The Athletics are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.
The Royals are too good of a team to lose three straight games to a subpar Oakland team and they've won seven of the last 10 games Ventura has pitched. Not to mention Manaea hasn't been great this season. Have to like the Royals at home for the reasonable price.