Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 18, 2019, 3:37 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -234 / Kansas City Royals +195 -- Over/Under: 9.5
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Kansas City Royals need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Royals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 195 hits and 74 RBI while Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon have combined for 280 hits and 180 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 4.55 ERA and 104 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Oakland Athletics have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 175 hits and 87 RBI while Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have combined for 255 hits and 170 RBI. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 13-8 with a 4.76 ERA and 135 strikeouts this season. This will be Bailey’s second career game against the Royals.
The Royals are 42-86 in their last 128 road games, 23-69 in their last 92 during game 3 of a series and 6-2 in Duffy's last 8 starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 21-8 in their last 29 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Bailey's last 5 home starts. The Royals are 7-17 in the last 24 meetings, 5-0 in Duffy's last 5 road starts vs. Athletics and 6-1 in Duffy's last 7 starts vs. Athletics. The under is 3-1-1 in Bailey's last 5 starts overall. The over is 4-1 in Duffy's last 5 starts overall.
Duffy has allowed 13 hits and five earned runs in his last 18.1 innings, and he has a 5.05 ERA and .256 allowed batting average on the road. Bailey has allowed eight hits and three runs in his last 11.2 innings, and he has a 3.80 ERA and .256 allowed batting average at home. Bailey isn't exactly the pitcher I'm looking to lay big juice with, but the A's are lightyears the better team here and are still fighting for the chance to host the wild card game. The A's should continue to pile up the wins against bad teams, so give me the RL for added value.