Kansas City Royals (22-43) at Oakland Athletics (33-32)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 10, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -180 / Kansas City Royals +170 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Kansas City Royals have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this month. The Royals have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 69 hits and 22 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler have combined for 124 hits and 70 RBI. Brad Keller gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Keller’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics need a bounce back victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring at least one run. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 72 hits and 42 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 128 hits and 57 RBI. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Manaea’s second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series, 3-14 in their last 17 vs. American League West and 18-38 in their last 56 overall. The Athletics are 19-7 in their last 26 Sunday games, 6-2 in Manaeas last 8 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-5 in Manaeas last 7 starts. The Royals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Kansas City Royals haven't won back-to-back games in over a week, and while Keller has been very sharp this season, he has just two starts under his belt and doesn't go very long in games. Manaea hasn't been great at home this season, but he's been good overall this season and is allowing just a .209 batting average while keeping the A's in games most of the time. The Oakland Athletics offense is also too consistent to be shutdown two games in a row. The price is steep here, but I'm not trying to get behind the Royals at all. Give me Oakland to get the bounce back victory at home.