Royals vs Athletics Prediction - MLB Picks 8/21/23

Oakland Athletics (34-90) vs Kansas City Royals (40-86)

Game Info: Monday, August 21, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

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Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics -164 / Kansas City Royals +139 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at Oakland Coliseum. 

Royals Back to Struggling

The Royals looked to be back to their success, but they are struggling again heading into this game. Over the last two games the Royals have scored only seven runs total, and that led to the defeat. The Royals are averaging 4.00 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.33 runs per game. The offense is ranked 27th in the league while the pitching is ranked 28th. Bobby Witt is quickly becoming one of the young stars of this Royals team and he has hit 24 home runs and driven in 79 RBIs. 

Royals Betting Trends

  • The underdogs have won each of the Royals' last three games at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
  • The Royals have covered the run line each of their last five games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Royals' last four games as road underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The Royals have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last four night games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.

Blackburn looks for a second strong start

On the mound for the Athletics will be Paul Blackburn who sits with a 3-3 record and an ERA of 4.09. In his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals he went seven innings giving up six hits and zero runs. Two starts ago he gave up four runs, and they are going to need him to be better than that here. The A’s are averaging 3.6 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.96 runs per game. The offense is ranked 30th while the pitching is ranked 30th. Brent Rooker has hit 19 home runs and driven in 50 RBIs. 

A's Betting Trends

  • The Athletics have lost each of their last seven games as home favorites after playing the previous day.
  • The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in each of their last nine games as favorites after playing the previous day.
  • The Athletics have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last nine Monday night games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Athletics have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five Monday night games against opponents that held a losing record.

Royals and Athletics Facts

  • The Oakland Athletics ranks 30th in the league for RBI's this season (427).
  • The Oakland Athletics ranks 30th in the league for batting average this season (.223).
  • The Kansas City Royals ranks 28th in the league for on-base percentage this season (.300).
  • The Kansas City Royals ranks 28th in the league for ERA this season (5.17).

Shane’s Free Pick

Blackburn looked really good in his last start and he’s going to lockdown again in this game. The Royals offense has struggled all season and they are going to have some major issues getting any type of offense going here. Look for the Royals to score only a run or two. Back the A’s to secure the win here. 

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

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