A's in Kansas City for Thursday matinee

Jeff Samardzija will be up against James Shields at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday afternoon as the Oakland A's take on the Kansas City Royals in baseball odds action.

Samardzija sits at 5-8 with a 2.91 ERA on the season, and he's coming off a victory over the Twins in which he gave up just two runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

Shields has an 11-6 record with a 3.25 ERA this season, and he's 6-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 career starts vs. the A's.

Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Kansas City Royals as -105 moneyline in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

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Computer Prediction: Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.5-4.2 victory for the Athletics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kansas City (65-54) will face the 73-47 Athletics in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Oakland injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Kansas City Royals at No. 9 and the Oakland Athletics at No. 3 heading into this contest.

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How Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City Royals No. 14 ranked offense (4.04 runs per game) against a Oakland Athletics defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 at 3.45 runs allowed per game. The Kansas City Royals have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Oakland Athletics have managed so far this season (8.68 hits on average).

Kansas City owns the No. 13 defense, allowing 4.04 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Oakland's No. 3-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Oakland was a 3-0 loser on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Kansas City at -102 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Oakland didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Jason Vargas in a losing cause, 3-0, against Kansas City on Wednesday.

Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Betting Odds Trends

Oakland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 7 games on the road
Oakland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oakland's last 16 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oakland at Atlanta, Friday, August 15th
Kansas City at Minnesota, Friday, August 15th

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