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    Bookmakers give the Kansas City Royals (40-87) the edge, -123 on the moneyline, to break their three-game losing streak when they take on the Oakland Athletics (35-90), at +104, on Tuesday at 9:40 PM ET. Angel Zerpa starts for Kansas City, and Paul Blackburn is Oakland’s pick to start.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Royals vs. Athletics

    • Game Day: Tuesday, August 22, 2023
    • Game Time: 9:40 PM ET
    • Location: Oakland, California
    • Stadium: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
    Royals vs Athletics Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Royals -123 8.5

    How Do I Watch the Royals vs. the Athletics?

    • TV Channel: NBCS-CA

    Royals Stats & Trends

    Royals Batting

    • The Royals have hit the fourth-fewest home runs in MLB action this season (122).
    • Kansas City has the 19th-ranked batting average in MLB (.244).
    • The Royals rank 28th in MLB with an on-base percentage of .300.
    • Kansas City’s 8.5 strikeouts per game rank 15th in baseball.
    • The Royals average one home runs per game when playing away from home this season (61 total in road contests).
    • Kansas City is slugging .379 with 2.8 extra-base hits per game in road contests.
    • The club averages 7.8 hits per game and is batting .230 on the road this season.

    Royals Key Batters

    • Bobby Witt Jr. has 142 hits and an OBP of .320 to go with a slugging percentage of .504. All three of those stats rank first among Kansas City hitters this season. He has a .281 batting average, as well.
    • Among the qualified hitters in baseball, his batting average ranks 24th, his on-base percentage ranks 96th, and he is 19th in slugging.
    • Witt Jr. hopes to build on a five-game hitting streak in this matchup. During his last five outings he is hitting .429 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI.
    • Salvador Perez is batting .252 with 19 doubles, 19 home runs and 16 walks. He’s slugging .427 with an on-base percentage of .294.
    • He is 87th in batting average, 131st in on-base percentage and 86th in slugging in the major leagues.
    • Maikel Garcia is batting .286 with a .381 slugging percentage and 42 RBI this year.
    • Garcia brings a two-game hitting streak into this game. During his last five outings he is batting .200 with a double and two RBI.
    • MJ Melendez is batting .235 with a .306 OBP and 44 RBI for Kansas City this season.
    • Melendez brings a seven-game hitting streak into this game. During his last 10 games he is hitting .359 with five doubles, a triple, a walk and three RBI.

    Athletics Stats & Trends

    Athletics Batting

    • The Athletics rank 24th in Major League Baseball with 126 home runs.
    • Oakland ranks last in MLB with a team batting average of just .223.
    • The Athletics have an on-base percentage of .301 this season, which ranks 27th in the league.
    • Oakland ranks 24th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 9.1 Ks per contest.
    • They have averaged 0.9 home runs per game in their 63 home contests this season.
    • Oakland is slugging .352 in 63 home games this season.
    • In home games this season, they’re batting .214 with 6.9 base hits per contest.

    Athletics Key Batters

    • Brent Rooker has put up a team-best OBP (.330), and paces the Athletics in hits (85). He’s batting .245 and slugging.
    • Including all the qualified hitters in the big leagues, his batting average is 105th, his on-base percentage ranks 74th, and he is 37th in slugging.
    • Esteury Ruiz’s .324 slugging percentage leads his team. He has a batting average of .247 with an on-base percentage of .302.
    • His batting average ranks 103rd among all qualified players, his on-base percentage ranks 121st, and he is 135th in slugging.
    • Tony Kemp has 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 33 walks while hitting .214.
    • Ryan Noda has 17 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 62 walks while batting .231.

    Royals vs. Athletics Probable Pitchers

    Angel Zerpa (KC) Pitcher Paul Blackburn (OAK)
    1 – 1 W/L 3 – 3
    13.1 IP 78.2
    6.08 ERA 4.00
    1.500 WHIP 1.449
    6.1 K/9 9.2
    2 BB/9 3.1

    Royals vs. Athletics Injury Updates

    • Royals: Nick Pratto: 10 Day IL (Groin), Daniel Lynch: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Zack Greinke: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Brad Keller: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Josh Taylor: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Vinnie Pasquantino: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Josh Staumont: 60 Day IL (Neck), Jake Brentz: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Athletics: JJ Bleday: 10 Day IL (Knee), Luis Medina: 15 Day IL (Finger), Austin Pruitt: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Freddy Tarnok: 15 Day IL (Calf), Angel Felipe: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Richard Lovelady: 15 Day IL (Arm), Zach Jackson: 60 Day IL (Elbow), James Kaprielian: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Drew Rucinski: 60 Day IL (Illness), Mason Miller: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Yacksel Ríos: 60 Day IL (Finger)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Royals and Athletics (Last 10 Games)

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