Kansas City @ OAKLAND
Kansas City +119 over OAKLAND

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Posted at 12:45 PM EST. 

Kansas City +119 over OAKLAND

9:40 PM EST. The Royals are 30-31 and although that’s a respectable record, they’re still considered to be one of the weaker clubs in the league. The Royals are a great under the radar team because they’re better than their record indicates and because the market isn’t aware of how dangerous they are.

You see, the Royals have been the AL's worst road offense (.636 OPS) but that makes no sense because they strike out the 3rd fewest times in the majors behind Houston (1st) and San Diego (2nd). In other words, the Royals are putting the ball in play more than any other team other than the aforementioned pair ahead of them. Just below the Royals are the Reds, Dodgers and Blue Jays so there is a strong correlation between a high winning percentage and putting the ball in play. K.C. puts the ball in play and they’ll face Cole Irvin (LHP - OAK), who owns a dwindling 11% K%, 6% K-BB%, and 5.53 xERA over his last five games started.

Hard luck Brady Singer (RHP - KC) might be going through a rough stretch (6.30 ERA, 1.73 WHIP over his last six games started), but that's mainly due to an unlucky 42% hit rate and unlucky 62% strand rate; his xERA during that stretch is 4.18, with skills that are right in line with his overall numbers on the season. The A's have struggled to drum up offense in their pitcher-friendly home park, with a bottom-10 .682 OPS and .231 xBA at home. Public perception here is strong Oakland versus weak Kansas City but nothing could be further from the truth and the truth shall set us free.

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Kansas City +119 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.38)

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