Athletics vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/5/23

Kansas City Royals (8-23) vs Oakland Athletics (6-24)

Game Info: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Brad Keller (2-2) (3.56) vs Kyle Muller (0-2) (6.28)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals -156 / Oakland Athletics +125 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at Kauffman Stadium. 

A’s Betting Preview

The A’s come into this game with a 6-26 record overall and on Thursday they were beaten 5-3 by the Seattle Mariners. The Athletics are averaging 3.74 runs while their pitching is giving up 7.71 runs per game. The offense is ranked 25th in the league while the pitching is ranked 30th. Oakland’s pitching has been a big problem all season and they need the pitching to be better in this game. Brent Rooker has hit nine home runs and driven in 22 RBIs. On the mound for the A’s will be Kyle Muller who sits with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 6.28. In his last start against the Cincinnati Reds he went five innings giving up five hits and one run. 

Royals Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Royals who sit with an 8-24 record overall and the pitching again really let them down on Thursday. They fought all the way back, but gave up five runs in the last couple of innings and ended up losing. The Royals are averaging 3.52 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.52 runs per game. The offense is ranked 28th while the pitching is ranked 27th. Salvador Perez has hit six home runs and driven in 18 RBIs. On the mound for the Royals will be Brad Keller who sits with a 2-2 record and an ERA 3.56. In his last start against the Twins he went 5.1 innings giving up six hits and one run. 

A's vs Royals Trends

Royals are 0-4 in Kellers last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. Royals are 3-14 in their last 17 home games. Royals are 3-13 in their last 16 Friday games. Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Shane’s Free Pick

The good news in this series is at least one of these teams has to win. The better pitcher in this series is Keller and he’s going to lockdown in this game. The A’s offense has been so bad this season, and he’s going to really struggle to get anything going here. Back the Royals on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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