2019-09-17 21:07:00 EDT
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Tuesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Kansas City Royals need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 193 hits and 74 RBI while Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon have combined for 277 hits and 177 RBI. Jorge Lopez gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 6.09 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s second career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 11 of their last 14 games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 172 hits and 85 RBI while Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have combined for 253 hits and 168 RBI. Brett Anderson gets the ball, and he is 12-9 with a 4.07 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 2-1 with a 8.16 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 3-7 in Lopez’s last 10 road starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 22-8 in their last 30 Tuesday games and 1-4 in Anderson’s last 5 home starts. The Royals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 15-7-1 in the last 23 meetings in Oakland. The under is 5-1 in Anderson’s last 6 starts overall. The over is 11-5-1 in Lopez’s last 17 starts overall.
Lopez has allowed 12 hits and two earned runs in his last 11.1 innings, and he has a 4.41 ERA and .254 allowed batting average on the road. Anderson has allowed 15 hits and five earned runs in his last 10 innings, and he has a 4.86 ERA and .293 allowed batting average at home. We know the Royals aren’t a good baseball team and the A’s have been o fire pretty much the entire second half, but this price is insane with Anderson on the mound. Laying almost three times your money with Kershaw or Verlander is understandable, but Anderson? No. With both of these pitchers being hittable and there being a lot of ground to cover, I’ll take the over before I even consider this crazy price.