Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-156) Kansas City (+125)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals (65-78, 4th in AL Central) will take on the Oakland Athletics (77-66, 3rd in AL West) on Wednesday. The Royals open this contest at +125 while the Athletics are coming in at -156. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Sean Manaea and Mike Minor.
Oakland is slugging .409 and have been called out on strikes 1,198 times, while being walked on 472 occasions. They have accounted for 611 RBI's and 1,130 hits over the course of the season, while their average at the plate sits at .238. The Athletics have accrued 243 doubles as a squad and have hit 179 baseballs out of the stadium. They are sitting with 650 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .315. As a unit, the Oakland Athletics are knocking in 4.6 runs per contest, which puts them at 12th in baseball.
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The Athletics have compiled a team earned run average of 3.92 on the campaign (12th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,179 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 384 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.01 as a squad for the year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.07 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.24. Athletics pitchers have given up 163 long balls and also 589 total runs (7th in the league).
The Athletics have dispatched 439 relievers to the hill on the campaign. The relief pitchers have inherited 156 base runners for the season with 37.2% of those runners crossed the plate. They have accumulated 35 saves so far this year and have blown 25 of their 60 chances to save the game. The Athletics relief pitchers have a save rate of 58.3% and has entered the game in 121 save situations. The relievers have recorded 61 holds so far this season (26th in baseball). Athletics bullpen pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 107 times in addition to having 125 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Oakland Athletics have earned 3,800 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 1,155 assists and 61 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .988 which has them sitting 2nd in professional baseball, and they have twisted 969 double plays. The Athletics have converted 70.1% of balls in play into outs out of their 11,400 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 9th in the majors.
Manaea has taken the hill for 704 frames and has 621 strikeouts so far in his career. His earned run average is 3.83 (300 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.198. He has given up 668 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) with 176 walks. Manaea (48-40 career record) has a FIP of 3.98 and he has gone up against 2,926 hitters during his time in the majors.
The Kansas City Royals have earned a team on-base percentage of .303 as well as a team batting average of .245 on the season. They have been called out on strikes on 1,131 occasions (28th in the league) and have earned 1,174 base hits. Kansas City has accounted for 148 home runs on the year to go along with 567 runs batted in. The Royals hold a slugging % of .391 and they have an average of 4.20 runs per game (24th in MLB). They have hit 209 two-baggers, while taking a walk 370 times as well as notching 601 runs.
The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 693 runs on the season while holding an ERA of 4.65 (647 earned runs surrendered). They have yielded 174 long balls and they allow 4.98 runs per 9 innings (21st in baseball). The Royals have a WHIP of 1.389 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.41 as a pitching staff so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.30 (1,225 strikeouts against 532 walks). They rank 20th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,209.
Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 55 save opportunities and they have earned 33 saves. They are currently ranked 17th in baseball with a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have dispatched 485 relievers to the hill on the year. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 146 times in high leverage situations and also on 138 occasions with runners on. Kansas City relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 31.0% out of their 213 inherited runners. Sitting with 130 save situations, the Royals have 73 holds in addition to 22 blown saves.
In 11,280 innings on the field, the Royals have a efficiency on defense of 68.5% (27th in the majors). The Kansas City Royals have turned 127 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (13th in the majors). The Royals have 1,230 assists, 75 errors and have a total of 3,760 putouts so far this year.
In his MLB career, Minor has conceded 1,230 base hits while tallying 1,197 strikeouts in 1,311 innings pitched. Minor (79-78 win-loss record in his career) holds a 4.11 ERA while giving up 8.4 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed a total of 599 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.225 and having a FIP of 4.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.18 and he has faced 5,449 hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (-156)
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