Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Prediction MLB Picks 5/18/24

Kansas City Royals (26-19) vs Oakland Athletics (19-27)

Game Info: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 7:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Seth Lugo (6-1) (1.81) vs Ross Stripling (1-7) (4.98)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals -175 / Oakland Athletics +148 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals and the Oakland A’s square off Saturday in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland A’s prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Kansas City Royals will start Seth Lugo for this one and Lugo is 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Lugo’s second career start against the A’s. The Oakland A’s will trot out Ross Stripling here and Stripling is 1-7 with a 4.98 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Stripling is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 3 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City Royals Recap

The Kansas City Royals will hope to keep the momentum going after their win by a final score of 6-2 in Friday’s series opener. The win was the perfect start to the series after their series loss to the Seattle Mariners to start the week.

Royals Having A Hard Time Finding Consistency

Going into Friday’s matchup, Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 51 hits including 5 home runs, 23 RBIs, 5 triples and 11 doubles while Salvador Perez has a team-high 8 home runs and 33 RBIs with 50 hits of his own. Nelson Velazquez also has a team-high 43 strikeouts while Witt Jr. has a team-high 15 stolen bases and Maikel Garcia has 4 home runs, 25 RBIs and 10 stolen bases this season.

Why the Kansas City Royals will win

  • The Royals have won each of their last 11 home games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Athletics have lost each of their last eight night games against AL Central opponents following a road loss.
  • The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven night games against AL Central opponents.
  • The Royals have covered the run line each of their last six home games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Athletics have lost the first inning in each of their last three games at Kauffman Stadium.
  • The Athletics have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last six games.
  • The Athletics have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last six night games against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.

Oakland A’s Recap

The Oakland A’s come into this game trying to rebound after another frustrating performance in Friday’s matchup. The Loss wasn’t a good start to the series for Oakland, who will be hoping to use this series to bounce back from series losses to the Astros and Mariners in the last week.

A’s Consistent… Consistently Struggling

Heading into Friday’s opener, Brent Rooker leads the A’s with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs this season while Abraham Toro has a team-high 44 hits and 17 RBIs. JJ Bleday has a team-high 11 doubles, 37 hits and 18 RBIs and Toro has a .288 batting average. Rooker also has the unfortunate title of leading strikeout bat with 43 K’s at the dish this season. Shea Langeliers has also chipped in 9 home runs and 24 RBIs.

Why the Oakland Athletics will win

  • The Royals have lost each of their last four games as favorites against the Athletics following a win.
  • The underdogs have won five of the Athletics' last six games at Kauffman Stadium.
  • The Royals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven night games against the Athletics at Kauffman Stadium following a home win.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in five of the Athletics' last six games at Kauffman Stadium.
  • The Royals have trailed after 3 innings in four of their last five games as home favorites against AL West opponents.

Royals vs. A’s Prediction

I’m on the under here. I don’t envision Oakland’s offense all of a sudden breaking out against Lugo, who has been one of, if not Kansas City’s best starter this season. On the other side, Stripling has struggled, but he was decent in his last outing and this could be more of a play fading Oakland’s offense more than anything else. Give me the under in this one.

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

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