Athletics vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Sunday, May 7, 2023

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Athletics vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, May 7, 2023

MLB Predictions

Freddy Fermin leads the Kansas City Royals (8-26) into Sunday’s matchup with the Oakland Athletics (8-26) on a two-game homer streak. His Royals are underdogs for the contest, however, with bookmakers naming the Athletics as -114 moneyline favorites. The game starts at 2:10 PM ET from Kauffman Stadium, live on BSKC.

Mason Miller will get the ball for Oakland while Kansas City will counter with Ryan Yarbrough.

Athletics vs. Royals Odds

  • Athletics odds to win: -114
  • Royals odds to win: -105
  • Spread: Athletics -1.5
  • Total: 10 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023
  • Time: 2:10 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC

Who Will Win Athletics vs. Royals?

Athletics and Royals Betting Trends

The Athletics have not been the moneyline favorite yet this season.

Oakland has not played a game this season with moneyline odds of -114 or shorter.

The Royals have won eight, or 25.8%, of the 31 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.

Kansas City is 8-23 this season when entering a game as the underdog by -105 or more on the moneyline.

The Athletics have played in 34 games with an over/under set, and have combined with their opponents to go over the total 21 times (21-12-1).

The Royals and their opponents have hit the over in 17 of their 34 games with a total this season.

Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics have the No. 24 offense in MLB action scoring four runs per game (136 total runs).

Oakland is 14th in MLB with 37 total home runs.

The Athletics’ .232 batting average ranks 25th in MLB.

Oakland’s hitters strike out 9.4 times per game, the 26th-most in baseball.

The Athletics pitching staff ranks 29th in MLB with a collective 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Oakland has a 7.29 team ERA that ranks last across all MLB pitching staffs.

Royals Stats & Insights

The Royals have scored the 26th-most runs in the league this season with just 131 (3.9 per game).

Kansas City has hit 31 homers this season, which ranks 23rd in the majors.

The Royals’ .233 batting average ranks 23rd in the league this season.

Kansas City ranks 18th in strikeouts per game (8.9) among MLB offenses.

The Royals average the 15th-most strikeouts per nine innings (8.8) in the league this season.

Kansas City has the 29th-ranked ERA (5.78) in the majors this season.

Athletics Key Players to Watch

Miller (0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Athletics, his fourth of the season.

Brent Rooker leads Oakland in batting average (.330), home runs (10) and runs batted in (26) this season.

Esteury Ruiz is batting .273 with an OBP of .340 and a slugging percentage of .352 this season.

Ryan Noda has collected 21 base hits, an OBP of .427 and a slugging percentage of .488 this season.

Shea Langeliers is batting .216 with an OBP of .296 and a slugging percentage of .431 this season.

Royals Key Players to Watch

Yarbrough heads to the mound for the Royals to make his third start of the season, seeking his first win.

Vinnie Pasquantino paces the Royals with six home runs while accumulating a team-high batting average of .282.

Bobby Witt Jr. has shown his power as he paces his team with six home runs.

Salvador Perez paces the Royals with six home runs and 18 runs batted in.

Edward Olivares is hitting .255 with six doubles, two triples, two home runs and eight walks.

Athletics and Royals Injuries

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: 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 vs. Royals Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Royals 6, Athletics 5
  • Total Prediction: Over 10 runs
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