Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.31 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (8-2) meet Jesse Hahn (0-1, 3.09 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (5-6) in the second of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 6-4 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-KC.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 9-2 victory over the Angels. Lorenzo Cain (.462, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one stolen base. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Mariners 8-7 the last time Hahn pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing one, striking out two and walking two. Stephen Vogt (.353, 5 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs) has been doing well to start the season for the Athletics, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
Kansas City is a -144 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Royals are 4-2 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +508. The Royals are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with nine steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Turning to the pitching staff, the Royals are second in the league in WHIP at 0.98.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (2-2) and an overall money line of -149. Oakland is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 41 extra base hits. The Athletics average just 6.7 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. Switching gears to Oakland's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.04, fifth best in the MLB.
The only other game between the two teams went Kansas City's way. The right-handed Ventura will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 4-4 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 5-0, while Oakland is 2-5.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 2-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 0-1. The Athletics have a 1-3 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting nine this season. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 11.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 11.33 per game this season. Oakland ranks third with 10.50 hits.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .880. Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .791.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 1-4. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 7-2 record.