Oakland Athletics (23-49) vs. Kansas City Royals (26-43)
June 26, 2022 2:10 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas City Royals -175 / Oakland Athletics +130; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals meet Sunday in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium. This will be the final installment in a three-game series. The Royals took a two-run win in the opener, then on Saturday the A’s evened it up with a two-run victor of their own. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Oakland couldn’t get much going on six team hits in the Friday opener and eventually fell 3-1. On Saturday in game two, the Athletics posted 14 team hits on the way to a nice 9-7 victory. Starter Jared Koenig finished with 4.2 innings, three earned, five hits and three walks.
For the starter gig in the Sunday finale, the A’s are going with James Kaprielian. Over his 10 starts so far Kaprielian is 0-5 with a 5.98 ERA. In 46.2 innings he has 31 earned on 48 hits with 21 walks and 34 Ks.
Over on the Kansas City side, they posted eight team hits in the Friday win, scoring once in three different innings. On Saturday the Royals posted three runs in the bottom of the eighth but couldn’t catch back up. Brad Keller put up 3.2 innings in the start with four earned on eight hits and two walks.
Brady Singer will take the mound for the Royals on Sunday. Across his 10 games (seven starts) this year Singer is 3-2 with a 4.34 ERA. Over 45.2 innings he has 22 earned, 45 hits, nine walks and 44 Ks.
The A’s are 2-6 in their last eight Sunday games and 13-40 in their last 53 overall. Oakland is 97-46 in their last 143 versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 0-5 in their last five Sunday games and 55-122 in their last 177 in game three of a series. KC is 36-78 in their last 114 versus the AL West.
PICK: I’m going to try the Royals here. Singer has been on a decent run over his last trio. He’s got eight earned in 15.1 innings during that time, with 16 hits and five walks. As for Kaprielian, he had a rough start at Fenway (five earned; 3.2 innings) but bounced back in his last outing with two earned in 5.1 frames. Should be a fun matchup to watch, and a great way to end the weekend series.