Scott Kazmir (4-4, 2.70 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (34-42) take on Chris Young (6-3, 2.83 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (42-28) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Royals won the last game 5-2 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on FSN-KC and CSN-CA.
Kazmir is 4-7 with a 4.91 ERA in his appearances against the Royals, and goes up against a quality Kansas City offense which is batting .275 this season. Billy Burns (.322, 32 Rs, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. Young is 3-4 with a 3.72 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He takes on a good Oakland offense that's batting .260. Lorenzo Cain (.290, 42 Rs, 6 HRs, 33 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oakland is a -120 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,412 and a record as the favorite of 22-24. Oakland is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.7 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.7 walks per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Kansas City has a 17-13 record and an overall money line of +1,139. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 5.8 per game.
The Royals lead the season series, 3-1. The Athletics have a 30-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Young takes the mound. Kazmir (LHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have an 11-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 19-8, while Oakland is 14-23.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are coming in with an 11-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-23. The Athletics have a 5-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 54 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 65.
Oakland and Kansas City both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Oakland sits at third with 9.11 hits per game and Kansas City ranks second with 9.35.
Ranking 12th, Oakland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.721). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .734.
The Royals are 18-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 10-29 when they allow at least one homer.