Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Prediction MLB Picks 5/17/24

Kansas City Royals (26-19) vs Oakland Athletics (19-26)

Game Info: Friday, May 17, 2024 at 7:40 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Cole Ragans (2-3) (4.22) vs () ()

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In this article, we will formulate an Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Prediction for this MLB Game on Friday, May 17th at Kaufmann Stadium. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

-The Athletics recent form and recent player performance 

-The Royals recent form and recent play performance

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Oakland

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Kansas City

-Recent betting trends in games played between Oakland and Kansas City

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Athletics and Royals. 

Royals Lost Two of Three

The Royals lost two of the last three games against the Seattle Mariners and the offense wasn't good enough. In the two losses, the Royals only scored four runs total, and they are going to need to find a way to get the offense going. In the last game, the Royals were defeated 4-2. Bobby Witt Jr finished with two RBIs. The Royals are averaging 4.49 runs, while their pitching is giving up 3.49 runs per game. The offense is ranked 13th in the league, while the pitching is ranked 3rd in the league. There is a ton of talent with the pitching, although there isn’t a ton of big name pitchers. Salvador Perez has hit eight home runs and driven in 33 RBIs. Getting the start for the Royals will be Cole Ragans who sits with a 2-3 record and an ERA of 4.22. In his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, he went 6.1 innings giving up eight hits and seven runs. 

Athletics Struggle Again

The Athletics are struggling and in the last game on Thursday they really struggled. The Athletics scored only one run, while the pitching gave up eight runs. Zack Gelof finished with one hit and one assist. Joey Estes went 3.2 innings, giving up eight hits and eight earned runs. The Athletics on the season are averaging 3.78 runs, while their pitching is giving up 4.73 runs per game. The offense is ranked 24th in the league, while the pitching is ranked 21st. Brent Rooker has hit 10 home runs and driven in 28 RBIs so far this season. 

Why the Kansas City Royals will win

  • The Royals have won each of their last 10 games at Kauffman Stadium against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Athletics have lost each of their last six night games against AL Central opponents.
  • The Royals have covered the run line in each of their last nine night games against American League opponents following a road loss.
  • The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine night games against AL Central opponents.

Kansas City Royals Player Prop Facts

  • Salvador Perez has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances at Kauffman Stadium against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Salvador Perez has recorded at least one total base in each of his last nine appearances at Kauffman Stadium against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Royals' last five games against AL West opponents at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Salvador Perez has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six appearances against the Athletics at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Salvador Perez has hit a home run in four of his last six home appearances against the Athletics.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded a Double in four of his last five appearances against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has scored at least one run in each of the Royals' last six games against AL West opponents at Kauffman Stadium.

Oakland Athletics Player Prop Facts

  • Brent Rooker has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 13 Friday night appearances.
  • Seth Brown has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last three road appearances against the Royals.
  • Brent Rooker has recorded at least one Single in each of the Athletics' last six games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Seth Brown has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last seven road appearances against the Royals.
  • Brent Rooker has hit a home run in four of the Athletics' last six road games against AL Central opponents.
  • Seth Brown has recorded a Double in six of his last seven road appearances against the Royals.
  • Seth Brown has scored at least one run in five of his last six road appearances against the Royals.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Kansas City Royals rank T5th in the league for triples this season (9).
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 26th in the league for walks this season (124).
  • The Oakland Athletics rank T28th in the league for strikeouts against this season (437).
  • The Oakland Athletics rank T4th in the league for home runs this season (55).

Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Prediction

Cole Ragans really struggled in his last start, giving up seven runs. Overall this season, though, Ragans has been good, and he’s going to really lockdown here. The Athletics offense has been a major problem all season, and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Royals are going to give Ragans some run support and that will be enough to get the job done. Back the Royals. 

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

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