Kansas City Royals (21-41) at Oakland Athletics (31-31)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 7, 2018, 10:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -171 / Kansas City Royals +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Kansas City Royals could use a feel good win after losing five of their last six games. The Royals have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 14 of their last 16 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Jon Jay leads the Royals with 73 hits and 18 RBI while Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas have combined for 132 hits and 62 RBI. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 5.17 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 4-2 with a 4.65 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a big victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 72 hits and 42 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 131 hits and 55 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Montas is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 8-20 in their last 28 during game 1 of a series, 3-9 in their last 12 Thursday games and 4-1 in Hammels last 5 starts. The Athletics are 20-6 in their last 26 vs. American League Central, 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-9 in their last 13 home games. The Royals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Oakland, 4-11 in the last 15 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Kansas City Royals are simply unbackable, as the pitching staff gets rocked nightly, and it's been no different with Hammel on the mound this season. The Oakland Athletics play their best ball at home where the offense usually explodes. The juice is a bit steep, but what other option do you have. The Royals are awful.