Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals 9/30/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/29/2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
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Oakland Athletics lefty Jon Lester, who won 16 games during the regular season, will take on 14-game winner James Shields and the Kansas City Royals in the win-or-go-home wild card game on Tuesday night.
After moving to the A's near the trade deadline, Jon Lester put up good start after good start, but he had a hard time getting run support from his offense. As an Athletic, he went 6-4 in 11 starts with a 2.35 ERA. He finished with a 16-11 overall record with a 2.46 ERA this season, and he struck out nine batters per nine innings while walking just two batters per nine innings.
In three starts against the Royals this year, Lester was 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA. Jayson Nix is 8-for-26 against him in his career with two doubles and three home runs, while Billy Butler is just 4-for-28 against him with five walks and 11 strikeouts.
James Shields had a solid second season for the Royals this year by going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA. In 227 innings of work, he gave up 224 hits and walked just 1.7 batters per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings.
Shields was 1-0 against the Athletics this season in two starts with a 3.21 ERA. One player on the A's who he has never liked facing is outfielder Josh Reddick, who is 7-for-22 against him in his career with a double, a triple, three home runs and five RBI.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 77-75-10 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 73-81-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
09/10/14 CF Craig Gentry Concussion out indefinitely
08/25/14 C John Jaso Concussion 15-day DL (9/8)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 60-day DL (6/23)
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
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger 15-day DL (9/7)
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City
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