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2021 MLB Handicapping
(78-67) Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals (66-79)
Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Paul Blackburn (OAK) vs. Daniel Lynch (KC)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Athletics -135 | Royals +125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Royals -1.5 (+165)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 10
The Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals begin a three game series from Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night. Kansas City will look to play spoiler as their playoff chances are non-existent while Oakland is in the midst of a heavily contested competition for the wild card spots.
Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, giving him 43 on the season and the big league lead in RBI, and the Royals rallied from a six-run deficit for a 10-7 victory over the slumping Athletics.
The Athletics held off the Royals late to win a high scoring affair 12-10 to keep pace in the AL Wild Card race.
After winning a series against the AL Central leading White Sox, Oakland had a disappointing end to their home stand as they dropped the final 2 games against Texas and lost the series against the lowly Rangers.
Winnable games cannot be afforded to lose at this point in the season as Oakland is vying for a playoff spot in a heated race. The Athletics and Mariners are both 3 games back from the Blue Jays and Red Sox who are now tied for the wildcard spots. The Yankees are also only half a game back from a spot.
Oakland is led by 3B Matt Olson with 33 homers and 96 RBI’s. He has 27 more RBI’s than the next closest player on the team.
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City has been a below average team all season and they continue to sit at that spot as Septembers rolled around. The Royals are 65-78, good for 4th in the AL Central.
Catcher Salvador Perez leads the Royals offensively as he is having the best season of his career and possibly for any catcher in history. He hit his career high 42nd homer last Wednesday (3rd most in the league) and is in reach of the franchise home run record of 48 set by Jorge Soler in 2019.
With 21 home runs in 46 games since the All-Star break, Perez leads the majors during that span. He already has season highs in HR’s (2 behind MLB lead), RBI’s (2 behind MLB lead), and walks.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Athletics are 78-67 overall
- Athletics are 38-33 on the road
- Royals are 66-79 overall
- Royals are 35-36 at home
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
Oakland comes into this series after being dealt back to back disappointing losses from the Rangers. Meanwhile, Kansas City has not drifted away despite no playoff implications and have gone 2-0-1 in their last 3 series.
The Athletics have a winnable road trip on their hands as they take on the Royals and then the Angels, both clubs under the .500 mark. If they want a shot to make the playoffs and usurp the teams above them they’ll need a strong showing this week.
The A’s have the significant pitching edge and are the better team overall in this series.
I’m taking Oakland on Thursday.
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