Oakland Athletics (5-5) at Kansas City Royals (7-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 18, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals -144 / Oakland Athletics +134 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals play game two of their series Saturday night.
The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing four of their last six games. The Athletics pitching staff has allowed 12 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The A’s have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Billy Butler leads Oakland with 15 hits and six RBI, while Marcus Semien and Stephen Vogt have combined for 16 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have split their first four road games and need to find more consistency in their rotation to get back to a .500 record. Jesse Hahn takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Hahn’s first career game against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals continue to build on their impressive 8-2 start to the season. The Royals are playing well on both sides of the field, but it’s their offense that’s produced five or more runs in five of their last six games. The Royals have won 10 of their last 12 regular season games when scoring four or more runs. Lorenzo Cain leads Kansas City with 18 hits and 11 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer have combined for 20 RBI. The Kansas City Royals should be convincing everybody that they’re the real deal. Yordano Ventura gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. This will be Ventura’s second career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. American League Central. The Royals are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 21-5 in Venturas last 26 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Kansas City.
For one, the Royals are playing the best ball in the league right now next to the Detroit Tigers. Also, KC has won 21 of its last 26 games when Ventura is on the hill. No way you pick against the home team here.