Athletics Vs Royals: MLB Betting Lines, Stats And Predictions – September 15, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on September 15, 2021

Matt Olson and Salvador Perez face off in a showdown of top-10 power hitters when the Oakland Athletics (77-67) and Kansas City Royals (66-78) play on Wednesday at 8:10 PM ET. Olson has 34 home runs (sixth in league) for the Athletics, while Perez ranks third with 43 dingers for the Royals. Oakland’s (-135 to win) Sean Manaea gets the start versus Kansas City’s (+115) Carlos Hernandez.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 15, 2021, 8:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to place a bet at DraftKings.

Athletics vs Royals Betting Lines

Athletics Betting Insights

  • The Athletics have entered the game as favorites 95 times this season and won 54, or 56.8%, of those games.
  • Oakland has entered 60 games this season favored by -135 or more and is 35-25 in those contests.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 55.3% chance of a victory for the Athletics.
  • In their last 10 games with a total, the Athletics and their opponents have failed to hit the over five times.

Athletics Last 10 Games Trend

Stat Avg/Total
Record 3-7
Runs Per Game 5.5
HR 11
ERA 6.70
K/9 8.7

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Royals Betting Insights

  • The Royals have come away with 43 wins in the 98 contests they have been listed as the underdogs in this season.
  • This year, Kansas City has won 29 of 73 games when listed as at least +115 or worse on the moneyline.
  • Oddsmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Royals have a 44.7% chance of pulling out a win.
  • In their last 10 matchups with a total posted by sportsbooks, the Royals and their opponents are 5-4-1 when it comes to hitting the over.

Royals Last 10 Games Trend

Stat Avg/Total
Record 6-4
Runs Per Game 5.6
HR 16
ERA 4.65
K/9 8.3

Royals Probable Pitcher – Carlos Hernandez

  • The Royals are sending Hernandez (6-1) out to make his 10th start of the season. He is 6-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 70 strikeouts through 76 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Thursday against the Orioles, the righty went six scoreless innings while surrendering three hits.
  • The 24-year-old has a 3.29 ERA and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 22 games this season, while allowing a batting average of .212 to opposing batters.
  • Hernandez has pitched five or more innings in a game eight times this season heading into this game.
  • The Royals are 6-1 in Hernandez’s seven starts this season that they were the underdog on the moneyline.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of September 15, 2021 at 8:04 PM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Athletics Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 77-67
Home 40-34
Road 37-33
vs LHP (Starters) 32-22
vs RHP (Starters) 45-45
Day Games 4-5
Night Games 73-62

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Athletics Probable Pitcher – Sean Manaea

  • The Athletics will hand the ball to Manaea (9-9) for his 29th start of the season.
  • The left-hander gave up one earned run in seven innings pitched on Thursday in his last outing, a matchup with the White Sox.
  • Among qualified major league pitchers this season, the 29-year-old’s 174 strikeouts rank 20th, and his 10.00 K/9 ranks 16th.
  • Manaea has started 28 games this season, and he’s lasted five or more innings 22 times. He averages 5.2 innings per appearance.
  • His team has a record of 11-7 this season when he starts and they are the favorite on the moneyline.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of September 15, 2021 at 8:04 PM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Royals Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 66-78
Home 35-35
Road 31-43
vs LHP (Starters) 25-21
vs RHP (Starters) 41-56
Day Games 5-6
Night Games 61-72

Athletics Hitting Stats

  • The Athletics are 14th in baseball with 179 total home runs.
  • The Athletics are 33-19 this season in games when they hit two or more homers.
  • Oakland has hit 11 home runs over the last 10 games.
  • Olson leads Oakland in home runs (34) and runs batted in (99) this season while batting .274.
  • Jed Lowrie has collected 109 hits this season and has an OBP of .322. He’s slugging .403 on the year.

Royals Hitting Stats

  • The Royals’ 151 home runs rank 27th in MLB this season.
  • They have averaged 1.0 home runs per game in their 70 home contests this season.
  • Kansas City has 16 homers over its last 10 games.
  • Whit Merrifield is batting .278 with 35 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 36 walks.
  • Perez has put his power on display as he leads his team with 43 home runs and 109 runs batted in.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick:
Athletics (-135)

Over/Under Pick: Over (8.5)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm derived from offensive performance metrics and probable starting pitchers.

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