Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14
Kansas City Royals (54-52) at Oakland Athletics (66-41)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (6-9) (4.636) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (12-3) (2.654)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -190 / Kansas City Royals +180 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, CSN-CA
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics play game one of three on Friday night.
The Royals have won seven of their last nine games and have jumped to three games above a .500 record. The Royals pitching staff has really carried the team during this stretch, allowing three or fewer runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Royals have an ERA of 3.69 and have won five of their last six games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Alex Gordon has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Billy Butler has eight hits in his last nine games. Jeremy Guthrie gets the ball, and he’s 6-9 with a 4.70 ERA and has 84 strikeouts in 132 innings. Guthrie is 3-4 with a 4.80 ERA in 10 career games against the Athletics.
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The Athletics are 7-5 since the All Star break and 25 games above a .500 record. While the A’s remain the best team in baseball, their pitching staff has been a little shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Athletics have an overall ERA of 3.19, but just allowed a combined 19 runs in a three-game series against the Houston Astros. Offensively, Josh Donaldson has eight RBI in his last 10 games and Brandon Moss has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Sonny Gray, who is 12-3 with a 2.65 ERA and has 121 strikeouts in 139 innings. This is Gray’s first career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 27-12 in Guthries last 39 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. American League West. The Athletics are 4-0 in Grays last 4 starts as a home favorite and 20-7 in Grays last 27 starts overall. The Royals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Oakland.
There's no way in hell I'm buying the A's at that price, especially with the way Guthrie has been against winning teams. The Royals are playing solid baseball and have a chance to steal this matchup and put some big money in your pocket.