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Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics 8/11/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

Oakland Athletics (73-44) at Kansas City Royals (63-53)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Sonny Gray (R) (12-5) (2.873) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (8-8) (3.519)

The Line: Kansas City Royals +116 / Oakland Athletics -126 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California, FS-Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals and the Oakland A’s face off on Monday in a battle of two teams in the thick of the American League post-season race.

The Kansas City Royals are getting red hot at the right time as they are in the hunt for a Wildcard spot and for the AL Central crown. The Royals are 30-27 at home this season, 9-1 in their last 10 games, and they have won seven games in a row. As a team the Royals are hitting .263 with Alex Gordon hitting .279, Billy Butler hitting .278, and Alcides Escobar hitting .278. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57 with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 3.21. For game one against the Athletics the Royals start Yordano Ventura who has won four of last five decisions. For the season Ventura has allowed 127 hits and 49 earned runs while striking out 110 over 127 innings for a 9-8 record and a 3.47 ERA.

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics 8/11/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction


The Oakland A’s have the best record in baseball as they look to finally put away the Angels in the AL West. Oakland is 32-24 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Sunday. As a team the Athletics are hitting .251 with Stephen Vogt hitting .319, Coco Crisp hitting .266, and Josh Donaldson hitting .250. As a team the A’s pitching staff has a 3.15 ERA with the starters at 3.34 and the bullpen at 2.78. For game one against the Royals the A’s start Sonny Gray who has lost his last two starts. For the season Gray has allowed 128 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 131 150.1 innings for a 12-5 record and a 2.87 ERA.

Kansas City is 16-3 in their last 19 games, 1-4 as a home underdog of +110 to +150, and 5-1 in Ventura’s last six starts. Oakland is 6-1 in their last seven games, 39-15 as a favorite, and 7-2 in Gray’s last nine starts. Oakland is 7-3 in their last 10 meetings with Kansas City.

The Royals are just red hot and getting them as a home dog is something I can’t pass on. 

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