Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals 8/13/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/12/2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:10 PM on CSCA, FSKC
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Oakland Athletics - Kazmir, S (13-4) vs. Kansas City Royals - Vargas, J (8-5)
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On Wednesday, Scott Kazmir (13-4) will look to bounce back from one of his roughest starts of the year when he and the Oakland Athletics face off against Jason Vargas (8-5) and the Kansas City Royals.
Last Friday, Scott Kazmir was able to pick up the win against the Minnesota Twins despite giving up five earned runs in 6.2 innings. He allowed five hits in that outing and struck out four batters while walking one. He has a very good 2.73 ERA on the year now and he has only given up 7.4 hits per nine innings.
Royals infielder Omar Infante has five hits in his 16 at-bats against Kazmir with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Outfielder Alex Gordon is just 6-for-28 against him with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Veteran Jason Vargas pitched five innings against the San Francisco Giants last week and ended up with a no decision. He allowed two runs on nine base hits in that game while striking out five and walking no one. He currently owns a 3.68 ERA on the season and he has only walked 1.9 batters per nine innings.
A's outfielder Coco Crisp has 14 hits in his 43 at-bats versus Vargas with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. All-Star Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-20 against him with a home run and three strikeouts.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 57-53-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.4
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 52-59-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
08/03/14 2B Nick Punto Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/29/14 CF Craig Gentry Hand 15-day DL (7/28)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Kansas City Royals
08/01/14 1B Eric Hosmer Hand 15-day DL (8/1)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Oakland
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