Kansas City Royals (21-42) at Oakland Athletics (32-31)
|Date & Time||Friday June 8, 2018, 10:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -150 / Kansas City Royals +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Kansas City Royals could use a feel good victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Royals have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 15 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jon Jay leads the Royals with 73 hits and 18 RBI while Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas have combined for 133 hits and 62 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 3.62 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. Junis is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 72 hits and 42 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 124 hits and 57 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 1-5 in their last 6 road games, 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League West and 4-1 in Junis' last 5 road starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 20-6 in their last 26 vs. American League Central 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 continue to watch their pitching staff get beat up and this team is getting tougher and tougher to back. Junis has allowed three or more runs in five of his last 10 starts and has allowed 12 homers. Montas has pitched just 12 innings this season, but he's given up just one run while allowing just a .208 batting average. The Oakland Athletics offense usually shows up in their big ball park as well. Give me the A's to get another victory over the Royals, who continue to fall apart on all sides.