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Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (60-59) at Oakland Athletics (53-67)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

D Duffy (7-8) (3.68) vs. Paul Blackburn (3-1) (3.02)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +107 / Kansas City Royals -117 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSKC, MLBN

The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Royals have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 13 of their last 15 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 143 hits and 67 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas have combined for 249 hits and 114 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 7-8 with a 3.68 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics. 

Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for another win after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 12 runs in this series and five or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won nine of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 116 hits and 40 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 218 hits and 152 RBI. Paul Blackburn gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.02 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Blackburn’s first career game against the Royals.

The Royals are 7-2 in their last 9 Wednesday games, 4-10 in Duffys last 14 road starts and 2-5 in Duffys last 7 starts. The Athletics are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 5-1 in Blackburns last 6 starts on grass and 5-2 in Blackburns last 7 starts. The Royals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Oakland and 4-1 in Duffys last 5 starts vs. Athletics.

Duffy has an ERA over four on the road and has given up eight earned runs in his last 13 innings. Blackburn has an ERA of 4.50 at home with a batting average of .277, and he's allowed four or more earned runs in three of his last five games overall. I don't have a great feel for either side or either pitcher, so I'm going to take the over here based on the way both pitchers can be rocked in their current positions. 

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