Royals vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Saturday, May 6, 2023

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Royals vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, May 6, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Kansas City Royals (8-25) are favorites (-171) on the moneyline when they square off against the Oakland Athletics (7-26) Saturday at 7:10 PM ET, live on BSKC.

Brady Singer will get the ball for Kansas City while Oakland will counter with Ken Waldichuk.

Royals vs. Athletics Odds

  • Royals odds to win: -171
  • Athletics odds to win: +145
  • Spread: Royals -1.5
  • Total: 11 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
  • Time: 7:10 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC

Who Will Win Royals vs. Athletics?

Royals and Athletics Betting Trends

The Royals have been the moneyline favorite only two other times so far this season, and they lost both of the games.

Kansas City has never played a game this season with moneyline odds of -171 or shorter.

The Athletics have won seven, or 21.2%, of the 33 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.

Oakland is 5-16 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +145 or more on the moneyline.

The Royals have had an over/under set by bookmakers 33 times, and have combined with opponents to go over the total in 17 of those games (17-14-2).

Games involving the Athletics have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 21 of 33 chances this season.

Royals Stats & Insights

The Royals have the No. 26 offense in MLB action scoring 3.8 runs per game (127 total runs).

Kansas City is 24th in baseball with 29 total home runs.

The Royals are 24th in the majors with a .233 batting average.

Kansas City strikes out 8.8 times per game to rank 17th in MLB.

The 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Royals pitching staff ranks 18th in MLB.

Kansas City’s 5.81 team ERA ranks 29th across all MLB pitching staffs.

Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics have scored 131 runs (four per game) this season, which ranks 24th in MLB.

Oakland ranks 14th in Major League Baseball with 36 home runs.

The Athletics’ .231 batting average ranks 25th in the league this season.

Oakland ranks 26th in strikeouts per game (9.3) among MLB offenses.

The Athletics strike out just 7.5 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 29th in MLB.

Oakland has pitched to a 7.39 ERA this season, which ranks 30th in baseball.

Royals Key Players to Watch

Singer makes the start for the Royals, his seventh of the season. He is 2-3 with an 8.49 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings pitched.

Vinnie Pasquantino is batting .289 this season with six home runs, both best among Kansas City hitters.

Bobby Witt Jr. is batting .237 with an OBP of .281 and a slugging percentage of .435 this season.

Salvador Perez leads the club in homers (six) and runs batted in (18) this season.

Edward Olivares has 25 hits and an OBP of .330 to go with a slugging percentage of .436 this season.

Athletics Key Players to Watch

The Athletics will send Waldichuk (0-2) to the mound for his seventh start this season.

Brent Rooker leads the Athletics with 10 home runs and 25 runs batted in, while accumulating a team-high batting average of .333.

Esteury Ruiz has eight doubles, a triple and four walks while batting .276.

Shea Langeliers is hitting .212 with two doubles, a triple, six home runs and eight walks.

Ryan Noda has six doubles, three home runs and 21 walks while batting .247.

Royals and Athletics Injuries

Royals: Kyle Isbel: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Nicky Lopez: 10 Day IL (Appendicitis), Drew Waters: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Daniel Lynch: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Jake Brentz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Angel Zerpa: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Diego Hernandez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

Athletics: Aledmys Díaz: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Seth Brown: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Manny Piña: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Trevor May: 15 Day IL (Personal), Adrian Martinez: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Dany Jimenez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

Royals vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Royals 7, Athletics 6
  • Total Prediction: Over 11 runs
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