Danny Duffy (1-0, 6.35 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.69 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (8-3) and the Oakland Athletics (6-6) at Kauffman Stadium. The Athletics won the last game 5-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-KC.
Duffy is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, but goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .284 this season. Kazmir is 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA against the Royals in his career. He is up against a quality Kansas City offense that's batting .317. Stephen Vogt (.368, 6 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Kansas City is a slim -106 favorite at home against Oakland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +613 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 4-2. The Royals lead the AL in hits at home with an impressive 12.5 per game. Kansas City strikes out the least of any team in the AL, with only 5.1 per game. As for the pitchers, the Royals are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.99 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 2-2 record and an overall money line of -264. The Athletics have a dynamic offense, leading the league with 43 extra base hits. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.5 per game, ranking second in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.04 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Kansas City Royals, the Athletics now have five shutouts this season. The Royals have been shut out in one game this season.
The Athletics are 0-2 when they go into extra innings.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 5-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 5-2. The Royals have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, Kansas City ranks third with 64 runs and Oakland is second with 65.
Ranking 24th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 27 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with 32.
The Royals are 7-1 when they hit at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 4-1 record.