MLB betting line favors Athletics over Royals

Oakland AthleticsKansas City Royals
July 7, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Odds

51-37TEAM RECORD41-43

The visiting Athletics hope for a solid performance on Sunday as they look to steal a win at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals will rely on Luis Mendoza to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while AJ Griffin will be his counterpart for the Athletics. Luis Mendoza is 2-4 this season, and AJ Griffin is 6-6.

View Oakland vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Kansas City was a +139 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 9.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 3-rated Royals and the league No. 6-ranked Athletics, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 11 ranked American League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Athletics defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the American League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, more than the Athletics have managed so far this season (8.5 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Oakland owns the American League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 4.2 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring at home.

Oakland was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Royals. They lost as -101 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. Oakland suffered a 4-3 loss against Kansas City on Saturday, as Jarrod Parker wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 8-1
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few Athletics at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland's last 9 games when playing Kansas City
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Oakland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 9 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing at home against Oakland
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games

Next up:
Oakland at Pittsburgh, Monday, July 8
Kansas City at NY Yankees, Monday, July 8

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