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MLB Game Preview - Royals underdogs vs Athletics at Oakland

Kansas City RoyalsOakland Athletics
May 18, 9:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Odds

20-18TEAM RECORD21-22

Oakland will look to improve on its 21-22 record when take on Kansas City, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Saturday.

Tom Milone gets the call for the Oakland Athletics and he will try to build on a 3-5 mark. In the other dugout, Ervin Santana brings a 3-2 ledger to the game for the Royals as he tries to quiet the Athletics bats.

View Kansas City vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Royals were listed as +-141 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 7.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 9-rated Athletics and the league No. 4-ranked Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oakland's No. 6 ranked American League offense (4.7 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the American League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Athletics have been averaging 8.3 hits per game, less than the Royals have managed so far this season (9.1 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

The Royals were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City suffered a 2-1 loss against Oakland on Friday, as James Shields wasn't able to lead his team to victory at O.co Coliseum.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Oakland are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 2-8
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few Royals at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Oakland, Sunday, May 19