Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals - 6/26/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (41-28) at Oakland Athletics (35-41)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
E Volquez (7-4) (3.33) vs. J Hahn (5-5) (3.40)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -128 / Kansas City Royals +118 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-Kansas City
The Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals face off on Friday in Oakland for game one of their MLB series.
The Oakland Athletics are playing their best baseball of the season winning their last five games in a row. The A’s are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 14-20 at home, and they are 8.5 games behind the Astros in the American League West standings. As a team the A’s are hitting .261 with Stephen Vogt hitting .308, Josh Reddick hitting .292, and Brett Lawrie is hitting .289. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.55 with the starters at 3.06 and the bullpen at 4.63. For game one against the Royals the A’s start Jesse Hahn who has allowed 75 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 53 over 84.2 innings for a 5-5 record and 3.40 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals continue to lead the American League Central and they have the second best record in baseball this season. The Royals are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 19-15 on the road, and they have a 3.5 game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .274 with Mike Moustakas hitting .328, Eric Hosmer hitting .292, and Lorenzo Cain hitting .290. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.54 with the starters at 4.43 and the bullpen at 2.06. For game one against the A’s the Royals start Edinson Volquez who has allowed 71 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 62 over 83.2 innings for a 7-4 record and a 3.33 ERA.
Oakland is 5-2 in their last seven home games, 7-16 against the AL Central, and 4-1 in Hahn’s last five starts as a favorite. Kansas City is 4-1 in their last five road games, 21-7 against the AL West, and 8-1 in Volquez’s last nine starts. Kansas City is 5-1 in their last six games in Oakland.
This should be a good game which translates into not a great betting game as it could go either way but getting the team with the best record in the American League as an underdog seems to be a good place to start.