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Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals 9/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals meet in action at the Kauffman Field for the finale of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon.  The series is split with the Royals winning Game one by 3 runs and the Athletics taking game two by 2 runs.  The Athletics are in second-place at the AL West Division at 78-67, 7 games behind the Astros for the lead.  The Royals are in fourth-place at the AL Central Division at 66-79.   

 

The Oakland Athletics efforts were rewarded as the team won 10-12 against the Royals on Tuesday.  Matt Olson hit a two-run homer while Josh Harrison drove in three runs and Elvis Andurs had four hits.  The Athletics were able to turn their game around after their loss in the series opener.  The Athletics are a contender in the wild-card spot and 3 ½ games behind the Yankees, Blue Jays, and the Red Sox.  This season, the Athletics improved to 11th with 669 runs scored and improved to 20th with a team batting average of .239.  Oakland has a team ERA of 4.00 which drops to 13th in MLB and has allowed opponents to bat at an average of .247 which drops to 17th in the league.  In Thursday’s finale match, the Athletics will send Paul Blackburn to the mound.  The righty is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.24.  In over 22.1 innings of work this season, Blackburn has 30 hits, 13 earned runs, allowed 4 homers, 5 walks, and 15 strikeouts.

 

  • The Oakland Athletics are 4-1 SU in its last 5 games against the Royals.
  • The total went OVER in 7 of Athletic’s last 8 games on the road.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Athletic’s last 6 games on the road against Kansas City.

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Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Predictions 9/16/2021

 

Kansas City will look to rebound from the second game loss against the Athletics.  They hope to repeat their series opener performance where the Royals bested Oakland with a 10-7 win.  Coming into this series, the Royals won two out of three against the Twins and split their four-game series against the Orioles.  The Royals hope to add to their 5 wins in the last 9 games.  The Royals are batting well which rank 9th at .247 but are tied for 22nd in total runs scored of 621 this season.  The team’s pitching is weak, placing 21st with an ERA of 4.71.  They allow their opponents to bat at an average of .254 which is 23rd in the league.  Daniel Lynch will start for the Royals in Thursday’s finale match.  The left-hand pitcher is 4-4 with a 5.37 ERA.  In over 57.0 innings of work this season, Lynch has 67 hits, 34 earned runs, allowed 8 homers, 25 walks, and 47 strikeouts. 

 

  • The Kansas City Royals are 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games against Oakland.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 games at home against Oakland.

Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Oakland Athletics.  The Athletics have a good chance of making the playoffs if they win their remaining games.  With just 3 ½ games behind the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Red Sox for the wild-card spot, Oakland will surely put an effort to win this much-needed game.  Taking the game on the road is the Oakland Athletics.  Final Score Prediction is 5-2.  

 

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Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals 9/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:10 PM ET

 

Location: Kauffman Field, Kansas City

 

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

 

TV: BSKC

 

MLB Odds: Oakland Athletics -125

 

MLB Total: 9.5

 

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