Jesse Hahn (5-5, 3.40 ERA) and Edinson Volquez (7-4, 3.33 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (34-41) and the Kansas City Royals (41-28) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics come into this series hoping to extend a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 26 and can be seen on FSN-KC and CSN-CA.
Hahn pitched 7.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking four in a 4-1 win over the Angels. Stephen Vogt (.308, 37 Rs, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. Volquez is 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA when pitching against the Athletics. He takes on a good Oakland offense which is hitting .261 this season. Mike Moustakas (.328, 37 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oakland is a -128 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 -1,512 and a record as the favorite of 21-24. 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 7.0 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. As for the pitchers, 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, 2-1. The Athletics have a 29-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Volquez takes the mound. Hahn (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a very good 30-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
Oakland has won 38% (14-23) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 70% (19-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have an 11-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-23. The Athletics have a 5-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 52 this season. Oakland ranks 15th with 65 home runs.
Kansas City tops the league in hits with 9.35 per game this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 9.09.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .732.
The Royals are 18-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 10-28 when they allow at least one homer.