Game Time: 8:10 pm ET, Friday, June 24, 2022
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Where to Watch: BSKC
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline odds: Athletics +115, Royals -135; Over/Under: 9 runs
Bet365: Moneyline odds: Athletics +115, Royals -135; Over/Under: 9 runs
BetMGM: Moneyline odds: Athletics +115, Royals -140; Over/Under: 9 runs
Oakland Athletics: 23-47 (5th place, AL West)
Kansas City Royals: 25-43 (5th place, AL Central)
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Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Preview and Analysis
Oakland Athletics: 3-7 last 10
Kansas City Royals: 5-5 last 10
Oakland Athletics Analysis
The Athletics are coming into this game with a 23-47 record overall and they are 15-20 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 2 game losing streak. They just lost their 3-game series against the Kansas City Royals 2-1 and they are playing the series opener of a 3-game series with the Royals on Friday. This will be the 1st game of the series on Friday with the series finale of their series against the Seattle Mariners still to be played on Thursday. Frankie Montas is the starting pitcher for them on Thursday while Cole Irvin will be on the mound for them here on Friday. He is 2-4 with a 3.14 ERA this season. His team lost their last 7 straight games this season with him starting. In his last start, he allowed 1 ER, 0 HRs, and 2 BB with 6 Ks on 3 hits in 6.1 IP against the Kansas City Royals. They scored 2 runs in their last series averaging 1 run scored per game in that span and they allowed 17 runs against them averaging 8.5 runs allowed per game with the final game of that series still to be played.
Kansas City Royals Analysis
The Royals are coming into this game with a 25-43 record overall and they are 12-21 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 2 game winning streak that they were on. They just won their 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels 2-1, had Thursday off as a rest day, and they are playing the series opener of a 3-game series with the Athletics on Friday. This will be the 1st game of the series on Friday. Daniel Lynch was the starting pitcher for them on Wednesday while Zack Greinke will be on the mound for them here on Friday. He is 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA this season. His team lost their last 2 straight games this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 5 earned runs, 3 homers, and 2 BB with 2 strikeouts on 6 hits in 4 innings played against the Minnesota Twins. They scored 18 runs in their last series averaging 6 runs scored per game in that span and they allowed 18 runs against them averaging 6 runs allowed per game.
Athletics vs Royals Prediction
The Royals are coming into this game playing very well in their recent games. They have been stringing some wins together recently and they just played the A's in a series last week that they won on the road. The Royals will be at home for this series and they have been hitting the ball much better than they were a few weeks ago. They are going up against an A's team that has been struggling to find wins in their games and have been stringing a lot of losses together. Irvin is starting for the A's here and he has been pretty good this season but he likely will not last the whole game and once he comes out, who knows what will happen with how bad that A's bullpen has been in recent weeks. Greinke is starting for the Royals here and he has not been great this season but he is coming off of a good start in his last game and has been a much better pitcher in his career than how he is pitching this season. He will start to bounce back as the season goes on and he is still searching for his first win of the season which is some extra motivation for him to pitch well here. The Royals should be able to get to the A's for some runs here. The best bet here is on the Royals to win this game.
Athletics Royals Prediction: Our MLB Pick for Friday, June 24, 2022 (8:10 pm ET start time) is Royals 6 Athletics 3.
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MLB Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics: 26-20 (+5.8 Units) ML on the road when the money line is +125 to -125. 15-19 (+4.4 Units) ML in road games. 11-7 UNDER against AL Central opponents.
Kansas City Royals: 25-43 (-12.4 Units) ML in all games. 12-21 (-8.3 Units) ML in home games. 49-27 UNDER against left-handed starters.
Oakland Athletics: D. Jimenez (RP) Out indefinitely - Shoulder. S. Bolt (CF) Early July - Oblique. S. Piscotty (RF) Early July - Calf.
Kansas City Royals: S. Perez (C) Ques Fri - Thumb. E. Olivares (CF) Early July - Quadricep. A. Mondesi (SS) out for season - Knee.
"Obviously we're going to make sure he's 100%." - Mark Kotsay on Dany Jimenez after his team’s loss against the Mariners on Tuesday.
"That was a display. It's a very unique repertoire of pitches. I don't think you're going to find as many guys with as many weapons as what we saw today. He was throwing three different sliders, plus a cutter and a curve. When the split started going, that's when the strikeouts really started to happen, and he's got 100 (mph) in the tank that he hardly ever showed. ... It's going to be a tough day at the plate." - Mike Matheny after his team’s loss against the Angels on Wednesday.
Tony Kemp (L) 2B
Jonah Bride (R) 3B
Ramon Laureano (R) CF
Seth Brown (L) LF
Jed Lowrie (S) DH
Sean Murphy (R) C
Stephen Vogt (L) 1B
Chad Pinder (R) RF
Nick Allen (R) SS
Kansas City Royals
Whit Merrifield (R) RF
Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
Bobby Witt Jr. (R) SS
MJ Melendez (L) C
Hunter Dozier (R) DH
Carlos Santana (S) 1B
Kyle Isbel (L) CF
Emmanuel Rivera (R) 3B
Nicky Lopez (L) 2B
Batting Average: Jonah Bride (.286)
Hits: Sean Murphy (49)
Home Runs: Seth Brown (9)
RBI: Seth Brown (32)
Stolen Bases: Seth Brown (6)
Wins: Paul Blackburn (6)
Saves: Dany Jimenez (11)
ERA: Adrian Martinez (0.00)
Kansas City Royals
Batting Average: Edward Olivares (.371)
Hits: Andrew Benintendi (75)
Home Runs: Salvador Perez (11)
RBI: Bobby Witt (36)
Stolen Bases: Bobby Witt (10)
Wins: Collin Snider (4)
Saves: Scott Barlow (8)
ERA: Matt Peacock (0.00)
Oakland Athletics: Mark Kotsay (1st season)
Kansas City Royals: Mike Matheny (3rd season)