Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/3/14
Kansas City Royals (56-52) at Oakland Athletics (66-42)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
James Shields (R) (9-6) (3.496) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (12-3) (2.366)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -159 / Kansas City Royals +149 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, CSN-CA
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Royals have won eight of their last 11 games and are three games above a .500 record. Despite giving up eight runs in Saturday’s loss, the Royals pitching staff has been solid during this stretch, allowing three or fewer runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the Royals have an ERA of 3.64, which is 12th in the majors. Offensively, Alex Gordon has 10 hits in his last 10 games, while Billy Butler is hitless in four of his last five games. Starting is James Shields, who is 9-6 with a 3.50 ERA and has 125 strikeouts in 149.1 innings. Shields is 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 13 career starts against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have split their last eight games and are 25 games above a .500 record. The Athletics batting lineup has produced four or more runs in six of their last 10 games and has won seven straight when scoring four or more runs. Josh Donaldson has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Brandon Moss has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the A’s have an ERA of 3.17, which is fourth in baseball. Scott Kazmir takes the hill, and he’s 12-3 with a 2.37 ERA and has 116 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. Kazmir is 4-5 with a 5.15 ERA in 15 career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 21-5 in Shields' last 26 road starts and 2-6 in Shields' last 8 starts overall. The Athletics are 5-1 in Kazmirs last 6 home starts and 16-5 in Kazmirs last 21 starts overall.
Two great pitchers but the value is in the Royals. Shields has been money on the road all season and the Royals are playing consistent baseball. I'll take the value in this spot.