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Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Odds & Pick: August 15th 2017

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Betting Pick: KC -113 odds (August 15th 2017)

The set-up: The Royals saw their losing skid reach five games when they lost the Friday opener of their three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. However, KC rebounded by winning Saturday and Sunday and last night, took the first of a three-game series in Oakland against the A’s, 6-2. The three-game winning streak has allowed the Royals to climb back into a virtual second-place tie with the Twins in the AL Central, five games back of the first-place Indians. More importantly, both the Twins and Royals are just a half-game back of the Angels for the AL’s second wild card spot. Kansas City hopes to bolster its wild-card position when it when it continues its series tonight in Oakland against the 52-67 A’s. Oakland fell to 2-5 on its nine-game homestand and owns the AL’s second-worst record, better than only the 45-70 White Sox.

The pitching matchup: Jason Hammel (5-9 & 4.68 ERA) will get the nod for KC and Chris Smith (0-2 & 5.29 ERA) goes for Oakland. Hammel’s year has been a huge disappointment, as the Royals are 7-16 in his 2017 starts, giving him MLB’s 8th-worst moneyline mark (minus-$758). However, he’s actually been fairly solid for quite awhile now, as he’s allowed three runs or less in 12 of his last 13 starts (KC is just 6-7, though). Hammel is 2-2 in four lifetime against Oakland with a 5.14 ERA. Smith remains in search of his first major-league victory since 2008 with Boston, after being ripped for five runs on seven hits (including 4 HRs!) over six innings in a 7-2 loss to Baltimore on Thursday. The 36-year-old has allowed 16 ERs on 25 hits over 21 innings of his last four appearances (three starts), for a 6.86 ERA. He’s made two two career relief appearances versus Kansas City but this is his first start.

The pick: Getting the AL’s two-worst teams in back-to-back series has allowed the Royals to win three of four so far and I’m ‘on board’ with the idea that KC will win Tuesday and Wednesday in Oakland, as well. First things first. Hammel has settled down lately (see above) and should be good enough to help KC to a win in this one.

Brandon Lee betting the KC Royals -122 odds on August 5th 2017

Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners
MLB Betting Pick: Royals -122 odds (August 5th 2017)

No shame in yesterday’s loss to Seattle, as they had one of the hottest pitchers in baseball going in James Paxton, who has arguably been the best the AL has to offer since July 1. I’ll take my chances on KC bouncing back with a win at home tonight behind their ace Danny Duffy, who has a 2.93 ERA in 7 home starts and rolls in with a solid 2.95 ERA in his last 3 outings. Seattle will send out Felix Hernandez, who is a big name, but owns a mere 5.40 ERA in 5 road starts and a 4.50 ERA in his last 3 outings. Give me the Royals -122!

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Mariners vs. Royals MLB Over-Under Pick from Mike Lundin: August 3rd 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals
MLB Over-Under Pick: Over 9.5 runs -110 odds (August 3rd 2017)

The Kansas City Royals are well in the mix in the AL Central, sitting second in the division just a few games back of the Indians. I think they’ll need to give newly acquired Trevor Cahill plenty of run support here to have any chance of winning this game.

Cahill (4-3, 4.15 ERA) was tagged with five runs on eight hits with a pair of homers in four innings at Boston in his first start for the Royals since coming over from San Diego. The current Mariners are batting a combined .329 over 82 at bats against the right-hander.

Yovani Gallardo (5-7, 5.34 ERA) will take the ball for Seattle. He was very solid in July posting a 2.37 ERA through 19 innings of work, but note that over is 4-1-1 in Gallardo’s last six starts overall. KC’s Melky Cabrera is 5-for-11 in previous meetings with Gallardo.

The Royals are a very streaky team that played excellent baseball in the second half of July only to score just three runs through their last three games (all at Baltimore). I think their bats will come alive again tonight as they return home to Kauffman Stadium, and my free pick is on this matchup to go over the total.