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Oakland sends Rich Harden vs Felipe Paulino in Athletics vs Royals game

Kansas City RoyalsOakland Athletics
Sep 5, 4:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Odds

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The Kansas City Royals will look to grab a road win when they take on the Athletics in Oakland at O.co Coliseum on Monday in baseball odds action.

Rich Harden will take the mound for Oakland, and he'll carry a 4-2 record into the contest. Felipe Paulino gets the ball for Kansas City; he's 2-6 so far this season.

View Kansas City vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Athletics) and the No. 10 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 12-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.4 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (9.4 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the American League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 9-6 loser as they battled the Indians at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at +127 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in Jeff Francis' start, as they lost 9-6 against Cleveland on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Oakland won its last outing, an 8-5 result against the Mariners on September 4. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -172 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Athletics enjoyed an 8-5 victory at the expense of the Mariners on Sunday, with Trevor Cahill throwing 5 innings of 5-hit ball at O.co Coliseum.

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

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 1-9
Before playing Kansas City are 3-7
After playing Seattle are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Royals at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Kansas City is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games when playing Oakland
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Oakland's last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Oakland, Tuesday, September 6