Oakland Athletics (23-48) vs. Kansas City Royals (25-43)
June 24, 2022 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas City Royals -151 / Oakland Athletics +139; Over/Under: +9
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The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals meet Friday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium. The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games. The Kansas City Royals look for a win after winning 5 of their last 7 games.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 3 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 6 games. The Athletics have lost 24 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Sean Murphy leads the Athletics with 49 hits and 28 RBI, while Tony Kemp and Elvis Andrus have combined for 95 hits and 21 RBI. Cole Irvin gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Irvin is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Royals have lost 6 of their last 8 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Andrew Benintendi leads the Royals with 75 hits and 25 RBI, while Whit Merrifield and Bobby Witt Jr. have combined for 126 hits and 66 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA and 112 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 2-7 in their last 9 road games and 13-38 in their last 51 overall. The Royals are 4-10 in their last 14 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 44-20-2 in Athletics last 66 Friday games. The under is 7-1 in Royals last 8 overall. The Athletics are 13-4 in the last 17 meetings in Kansas City and 25-11 in the last 36 meetings.
I’m not running to the window to back the Kansas City Royals, and Zack Greinke hasn’t been good this season. The Oakland Athletics have the starting pitching edge with Cole Irvin on the mound given the numbers. With that said, the A’s haven’t won with Irvin pitching since April 24. The Athletics are also coming off a brutal loss yesterday to the Mariners, where the bullpen imploded after 8 scoreless innings. I have to lean Royals at home. The A’s are just bad all across the board.