Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Prediction MLB Picks 6/18/24

Oakland Athletics (26-48) vs Kansas City Royals (41-32)

Game Info: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Hogan Harris (0-0) (2.49) vs Alec Marsh (5-3) (3.63)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +120 / Kansas City Royals -130 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics meet Tuesday in MLB game 1 action at Oakland Coliseum. Here’s a Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Prediction. This article will include a Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Pick.

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Kansas City Royals are 41-32 on the year after losses to the Yankees and Dodgers. The Kansas City Royals have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 9 games. The Kansas City Royals have won 6 of their last 9 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Kansas City Royals with 96 hits and 51 RBI, while Maikel Garcia and Salvador Perez have combined for 148 hits and 83 RBI.

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

The Oakland Athletics haven’t won since June 7, which includes losses to the Padres and Twins. The Oakland Athletics have scored 14 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 4 of their last 7 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost 5 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Abraham Toro leads the Oakland Athletics with 70 hits and 24 RBI, while JJ Bleday and Brent Rooker have combined for 122 hits and 66 RBI.

Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Pick Pitching Matchup

Alec Marsh gets the ball for the Kansas City Royals, and he is 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Marsh has allowed 15 hits and 9 runs in his last 17 innings. Marsh has a 3.68 ERA and .194 allowed batting average in 29.1 road innings. This will be Marsh’s second career game against the Oakland Athletics.

Hogan Harris gets the ball for the Oakland Athletics, and he is 0-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Harris has allowed 7 hits and 2 runs in his last 11 innings. Harris has a 3.18 ERA and .262 allowed batting average in 11.1 home innings. This will be Harris’ second career game against the Kansas City Royals.

Why the Kansas City Royals will win

  • The Athletics have lost each of their last 10 games against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Royals have won 10 of their last 11 games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Royals have covered the run line in eight of their last nine games against American League opponents following a road loss.
  • The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last 10 games as underdogs against AL Central opponents.

Oakland Athletics Player Prop Facts

  • Shea Langeliers has hit a home run in two of the Athletics' last three home games against the Royals.
  • Brent Rooker has recorded at least one RBI in three of his last four home appearances against the Royals.
  • Shea Langeliers has recorded a hit in each of his last six appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Shea Langeliers has recorded at least one total base in each of his last six appearances against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • Aledmys Diaz has scored a run in four of his five previous appearances against the Royals after not playing the previous day.
  • Aledmys Diaz has recorded a Double in three of his last four home appearances against the Royals.
  • J.D. Davis has recorded at least one Single in five of his last six home appearances.

Kansas City Royals Player Prop Facts

  • Hunter Renfroe has scored at least one run in each of the Royals' last six games as favorites against AL opponents.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Royals' last six games against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded at least one hit in each of the Royals' last eight games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded at least one total base in each of the Royals' last eight games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Austin Nola has recorded a Double in four of his last five appearances at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded at least one Single in 15 of the Royals' last 17 games.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has hit at least one home run in each of the Royals' last two night games against AL opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Oakland Athletics rank 28th in the league for runs scored this season (266).
  • The Oakland Athletics rank 28th in the league for RBI's this season (253).
  • The Kansas City Royals are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and batting average this season.
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 5th in the league for runs scored this season (351).

Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Prediction

This line is a bit strange to me. Yes, Hogan Harris has shown flashes in a limited role and the Athletics have to win at some point, but still? The Kansas City Royals are comfortably the better team, Alec Marsh hasn't been horrible, and the Athletics haven't won a game in 11 days. You can make a strong argument the Royals should be much bigger favorites. This line smells fishy. Still, I'm going to lay the cheap price with the Royals.

Randy’s Pick Kansas City Royals -130

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