Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/13/14
Oakland Athletics (72-46) at Kansas City Royals (64-53)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Scott Kazmir (L) (13-4) (2.726) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (8-5) (3.685)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +116 / Oakland Athletics -126 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-KC
The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals will play Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Athletics have won six of their last nine games and are 27 games above .500. The Athletics pitching staff has been getting the job done lately, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 12 games. Overall, the A’s have an ERA of 3.17, which is fourth in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson is coming off a four-RBI game and Brandon Moss has five hits in this series. Starting is Scott Kazmir, who is 13-4 with a 2.73 ERA and has 122 strikeouts in 142 innings. Kazmir is 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 16 career starts against the Royals.
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The Royals are 9-2 in the month of August and 10 games above .500. The Royals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Royals have an ERA of 3.54, which is ninth in the majors, and they’ve won 10 straight when holding a team to three or less runs. Offensively, Alex Gordon has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Billy Butler has a hit in eight of his last nine games. Jason Vargas takes the hill, and he’s 8-5 with a 3.48 ERA and has 92 strikeouts in 134.1 innings. Vargas is 6-7 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 6-1 in Kazmirs last 7 starts during game 3 of a series and 17-6 in Kazmirs last 23 starts overall. The Royals are 1-5 in Vargas' last 6 starts during game 3 of a series and 6-0 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series.
This series has been such a toss up between two very good teams. We missed on yesterday's pick, but the value continues to be at home with the Royals. Look for KC to bounce back here.