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Athletics vs. Royals - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (8-2) at Oakland Athletics (4-7)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C Young (0-2) (7.45) vs. C Bassitt (0-0) (2.92)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +107 / Kansas City Royals -117 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum.

The Kansas City Royals look for another win after building a four-game winning streak. The Royals pitching staff is getting it done, allowing two runs in each of their last four games and three or less runs in nine of their 10 games overall. The Kansas City Royals clearly have no World Series hangover at the moment and are simply getting it done on both sides of the field. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 13 hits, Lorenzo Cain has five RBI and Mike Moustakas has three home runs. Chris Young gets the nod, and he’s 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Young is 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the A’s.

Athletics vs. Royals - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Oakland Athletics need a nice win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Athletics have lost all seven of their games this season when allowing four or more runs, and their four victories have come when allowing three or less runs. The Oakland Athletics have to get their pitching staff fixed before things get out of hand. Offensively, Danny Valencia leads Oakland with 10 hits, Jed Lowrie has seven RBI and Josh Reddick has two home runs. Chris Bassitt takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 0-0 with a 6.23 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and 5-2 in Youngs last 7 starts. The Athletics are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 1-7 in Bassitts last 8 starts. The Royals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Oakland and are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall. 

It's tough to back the A's with the way they've been playing, and it's even tougher to fade the Royals with their hot start. Add a decent pitcher in Chris Young to the mix, and the Royals & and the cheap price has to be the play. 

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