The forecast for Thursday's matchup between the Royals and Athletics calls for broken clouds and temperatures in the mid-50s. This AL matchup is set for 3:37 PM ET from Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. The Athletics have won two straight and are 28-48, while the Royals are 41-34 and will start Seth Lugo.

Kansas City is currently 3rd in the AL Central, while the Athletics are 5th in the AL West. The money line odds have the Athletics at +129 compared to the Royals at -153, and the over/under line is at 7.5 runs. BSKC will be televising this game, and the Athletics are 1.5-run line underdogs (+110).

KANSAS CITY ROYALS VS OAKLAND ATHLETICS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Kansas City Royals Moneyline -153

This game will be played at Oakland Coliseum at 3:37 ET on Thursday, June 20th.

HOW TO BET THE ROYALS VS ATHLETICS:

  • We have the Royals winning by a score of 5 to 4
  • However, if you're looking for a run line pick, we like the Athletics to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 9 runs and like the over

It was all Oakland in the last game of this series, as the A's took down the Royals by a score of 5-1. The A's offense only had two more hits than the Royals and struck out seven times, but still picked up a convincing win. Heading into the game, they were at +159 on the money line.

Kansas City got on the board first with one run in the 5th inning, but the A's responded with two runs in the bottom half of the 5th and added three more in the 7th. As for the Royals, they didn't score another run after the 5th.

Luis Medina got the win for the A's out of the bullpen, going 5 2/3 innings and giving up just one run. Cole Ragans got the start for the Royals and took the loss, giving up two earned runs in six innings of work.

Royals Records & Stats

The Royals lost the first two games of their series vs. the Athletics and have dropped three straight games overall. Kansas City's overall record is 41-34, and they trail the Guardians by six games in the AL Central. So far, they have gone 13-9 in divisional matchups.

At home, the Royals have been solid this year, going 25-14. On the road, they are just under .500 at 16-20. Kansas City has struggled as of late, going just 2-8 over their last ten games. As the favorite, the Royals are 19-11 this year, and they are 22-23 when going into games as the underdog.

When the Royals are on the road, they have a run line record of 21-15, and their average run margin is +0.3. They have a run line record of 44-31 overall, and their average run margin is +0.7. They have a run line record of 29-16 as an underdog, and their average run margin in winning games is +3.8.

When the Kansas City Royals are on the road, the over/under line is typically set higher than 7.5 runs. In fact, 74.7% of their games this season have had higher over/under lines. The Royals and their opponents have combined to average 8.8 runs per game this season, and their over/under record is 34-39 overall.

Seth Lugo gets the start for the Royals today as he faces off against the Athletics on the road. So far this season, he has made 15 starts and has a record of 10-2. Lugo's ERA is an impressive 2.40, and he most recently pitched on June 15th vs. the Dodgers, where he picked up the win. In that outing, he went six innings and gave up two earned runs. Looking back at his last four starts, Lugo has given up at least one homer in three of them. Per nine innings, he is averaging 7.3 strikeouts and just 1.94 walks.

So far this season, the Royals have been one of the best home run hitting teams in the league, and they are also among the top 10 scoring offenses in the league. This season, they are averaging 4.8 runs per game and have been even better at home, averaging 5.4 runs per contest. Kansas City is also one of the league's best contact hitting teams, as they have the 4th fewest strikeouts in the league.

Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez have been two of the Royals' top power threats this season, with both players having 11 homers. Witt Jr. is also hitting .323 for the season, while Perez is batting .295. Over his last five games, MJ Melendez has gone 5/13 with a homer and four RBIs. For the season, he is batting just .172.

Athletics Records & Stats

The Athletics are 28-48 overall and trail the Mariners by 16 games in the AL West. Oakland has gone just 6-14 in divisional games this year. The Athletics have won two straight games, and they are 2-8 across their last 10 contests.

At home, the Athletics are 17-20 compared to an 11-28 mark on the road. So far, they have struggled in night games, going 12-29. As the underdog, the Athletics are 22-46 this year, and they are 6-2 as the favorite. Oakland's overall series record is 7-15-1, and they have lost seven straight series.

When it comes to run line betting, the Athletics have been a solid play this season, going 38-38. They are 18-19 at home and 20-19 on the road. They have covered the run line in three straight games as the underdog and have a run line record of 36-32 in those situations this season. Their average run margin in winning games is +2.9, while it is -3.5 in losses.

When the Oakland Athletics are at home, the over/under line is set at 7.5 runs for their game against the Kansas City Royals. The combined run average for A's games this season is 8.4 runs, and their over/under record is 33-41. When the over/under line is set at 7.5 runs, their record is 10-13. Overall, 64.5% of their games this season have had higher over/under lines than 7.5 runs.

Mitch Spence will be looking to bounce back from his last outing, where he gave up four earned runs and one homer in 5 2/3 innings of work. In that outing vs. the Twins, he finished with a no-decision. Leading up to that start, Spence had turned in a quality start and didn't allow a run in 5 1/3 innings of work. For the season, he has made six starts, 17 appearances, and has a record of 4-3. Spence's ERA for the season is 3.95, along with a WHIP of 1.21. The right-hander's strikeout per nine innings figure is currently 6.79.

Overall, the Athletics offense has been one of the worst in the league this season, averaging just 3.7 runs per game. This has been even worse on the road, where they are averaging only 3.2 runs per contest. However, they have been a better home team, averaging 4.1 runs per game. As a team, they are batting just .222 and have the 28th worst strikeout rate in the league.

Currently, the Athletics have two players in the top 10 in home runs, with Brent Rooker and Shea Langeliers both having 13 homers this season. Rooker's 44 RBIs are 13th best in the league, and Langeliers is 2nd on the team in RBIs. Over his last four games, Zack Gelof is 4/15 with two homers and five RBIs.