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Athletics Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 6/18/2022

The Kansas City Royals (22-41) visit the Oakland Athletics (21-44) on Saturday at 4:07 PM ET. Oakland’s (-110 to win) Cole Irvin gets the start against Kansas City’s (-110) Brad Keller.

The betting trends in what follows use the latest odds as of June 18, 2022 at 5:24 AM ET.

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Athletics vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Irvin (OAK) Pitcher Keller (KC)
2 – 3 W/L 1 – 8
56.2 IP 68.1
3.34 ERA 4.74
1.253 WHIP 1.346
5.9 K/9 5.4
2.1 BB/9 2.8

Athletics Probable Starter Cole Irvin

  • Irvin makes the start for the Athletics, his 11th of the season. He is 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last outing on Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians, the left-hander went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • The 28-year-old has an ERA of 3.34, with 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings, in 10 games this season. Opponents have a .261 batting average against him.
  • Irvin has four quality starts under his belt this year.
  • The opposing Royals offense has a collective .240 batting average, and is 18th in the league with 510 total hits and 27th in MLB action with 241 runs scored. It has the 27th-ranked slugging percentage (.367) and ranks 27th in home runs (47) in all of MLB.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of June 18, 2022 at 5:24 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Irvin

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 6 .167 1 0 0 .167 .334
Hunter Dozier 5 .200 1 0 0 .200 .400
Andrew Benintendi 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .500
Salvador Perez 3 .667 2 1 1 .667 2.334
Carlos Santana 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Michael A. Taylor 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Royals Probable Starter Brad Keller

  • The Royals’ Keller (1-8) will make his 13th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up five earned runs and allowed seven hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
  • The 26-year-old has an ERA of 4.74, a 1.952 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.346 in 12 games this season.
  • He has earned a quality start six times in 12 starts this season.
  • The Athletics have scored 213 runs this season, which ranks 28th in MLB. They are batting .210 for the campaign with 46 home runs, 29th in the league.
  • Among qualified Major League pitchers this season, the 26-year-old’s 4.74 ERA ranks 56th, 1.346 WHIP ranks 52nd, and 5.4 K/9 ranks 60th.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of June 18, 2022 at 5:24 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Stats vs Keller

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Elvis Andrus 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Matt Davidson 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Chad Pinder 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Seth Brown 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000

Athletics Betting Trends

  • The Athletics are 4-8 in games they were favored on the moneyline (winning 33.3% of those games).
  • Oakland is 4-8 (winning just 33.3% of its games) when it has played as a moneyline favorite of -110 or shorter.
  • Based on this matchup’s moneyline, the Athletics’ implied win probability is 52.4%.
  • Oakland has combined with opponents to hit the over on the total 30 times this season for a 30-33-3 record against the over/under.
  • The Athletics have collected a 29-37-0 record ATS this season (covering 43.9% of the time).

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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have entered the game as underdogs 54 times this season and won 18, or 33.3%, of those games.
  • Kansas City is 18-36 this season when entering a game as the underdog by -110 or more on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 52.4% chance of a victory for the Royals.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have hit the over in 32 of their 63 games with a total this season.
  • The Royals are 26-37-0 ATS in their 63 games with a spread this season.

Athletics Players to Watch

  • Elvis Andrus has 16 doubles, three home runs and 17 walks while batting .229.
  • Among the qualified hitters in MLB action, Andrus’ batting average ranks 119th, his on-base percentage ranks 130th, and he is 133rd in the league in slugging.
  • Seth Brown has racked up 39 hits to pace his team, and has 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 17 walks while hitting .202.
  • Brown ranks 150th in batting average, 152nd in on base percentage, and 89th in slugging in MLB.
  • Sean Murphy is batting .204 with 15 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 19 walks.
  • Tony Kemp has a .315 OBP while slugging .282. Both pace his team. He has seven doubles, a home run and 22 walks while hitting .233.

Athletics Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Sean Murphy 216 .204 24 7 25 .281 .661
Tony Kemp 206 .233 20 1 10 .315 .597
Elvis Andrus 205 .229 24 3 11 .291 .642
Seth Brown 193 .202 19 8 31 .269 .673
Cristian Pache 178 .163 14 2 12 .212 .442
Chad Pinder 165 .248 15 5 16 .277 .671
Jed Lowrie 135 .207 14 3 16 .278 .582
Christian Bethancourt 134 .254 20 4 17 .291 .709
Ramón Laureano 127 .252 16 2 8 .336 .714
Luis Barrera 71 .211 3 1 7 .278 .588

Royals Players to Watch

  • Bobby Witt Jr. has 57 hits, which ranks first among Kansas City hitters this season, while batting .245 with 27 extra-base hits.
  • Among all qualified hitters in MLB, Witt’s batting average is 93rd, his on-base percentage ranks 134th, and he is 51st in slugging.
  • Whit Merrifield has collected 60 hits this season to earn an on-base percentage of .270.
  • Merrifield’s batting average is 114th among all qualified players, his on-base percentage puts him 151st, and he is 146th in slugging.
  • Andrew Benintendi leads the Royals with an OPS of .762. He has a slash line of .303/.368/.394 this season.
  • Hunter Dozier has six home runs, 21 RBI and a batting average of .261 this season.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 259 .232 31 3 27 .270 .587
Bobby Witt Jr. 233 .245 36 8 32 .287 .733
Andrew Benintendi 231 .303 23 2 23 .368 .762
Salvador Pérez 210 .214 24 10 32 .253 .682
Hunter Dozier 207 .261 25 6 21 .320 .745
Nicky Lopez 191 .215 21 0 5 .286 .537
Carlos Santana 152 .191 13 3 13 .328 .624
Michael A. Taylor 140 .279 19 4 18 .364 .764
MJ Melendez 131 .244 14 6 17 .338 .781
Emmanuel Rivera 123 .211 14 4 16 .265 .655

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