Royals vs. Athletics MLB Pick – September 17th

The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics got into a close battle last night, with the Royals ultimately emerging on top by a score of 6-5. The Royals scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to get the lead and not let go. It’s a good win on the road for the Royals, who haven’t had too much to celebrate this season. It doesn’t mean anything to the Royals, but it’s a big loss for the Athletics who need to collect wins down the stretch. The Athletics would still be in the postseason if the Wild Card Game were today, though. They’d be hosting the Rays in Oakland.

There’s a slim margin between hosting the Wild Card Game and sitting at home, though. They’re currently a game up on the Rays and 2.5 games up on the Indians. That’s not enough for them to feel comfortable yet. With the loss last night, the Athletics are 6-1 in their last seven games, so that ended a six-game winning streak for the Athletics. Oakland caught fire late last season as well, but it was far too late for them to mount a comeback to reach the postseason. They’ve allowed a lot more room to go on a run now.

The A’s are hoping that they don’t hit an ugly dose of variance. Since September 3rd they’ve gone 11-3. There is no time for a downturn at this point. A lot of work would go to waste if they collapse in the next two weeks. In any case, it’s only one loss for the A’s. They will be back on the field tonight looking to put a new winning streak together. Brett Anderson will be tasked with getting the Athletics back on the winning track tonight. On the other side, Jorge Lopez is expected to get the start for the Royals. Head below for our free Royals vs. Athletics pick.

K.C. Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Athletics -280/Royals +230
  • O/U: 9.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • Jorge Lopez (4-7, 6.09 ERA)
  • Brett Anderson (12-9, 4.07 ERA)

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Jorge Lopez hasn’t had an ideal season with the Royals. His only objective down the stretch is to try and get his ERA below 6.00 before the season is done. He’s going to need some standout performances down the stretch to get there. Lopez has been pitching better of late, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in his last three contests.

That’s quite the improvement from what he’s been doing overall in 2019. Considering how poor he’s been pitching other than most recently, it’s hard to envision Lopez keeping this hot run going. Especially considering that the Athletics are hitting .500 with 6 runs scored against him in just 16 at-bats.

In his most recent appearance against the Athletics, Lopez was torched for 5 hits and 5 earned runs in 1.2 innings of work back on August 26th. The Royals got walloped in that one by a score of 19-4. And while Lopez has a 3.38 ERA in his last three games, look at who it came against. He allowed no runs against the Marlins and 2 against the White Sox. It’s a nice effort by him, but it wasn’t against the most dangerous bats.

Also note that in the White Sox game Lopez got into trouble, with 8 hits and 2 walks yielded in 5.1 innings. So, really, the only sharp performance recently by Lopez was against the Marlins. Brett Anderson should be able to provide a decent enough outing here to give the A’s a chance at winning comfortably.

He’s coming off a 5-3 win over the Astros in his latest start. Note that Anderson has allowed 3 or fewer runs in seven of his last eight showings on the hill. I will be on the Athletics to bounce back strong on Tuesday night.

The Bet
ATHLETICS -1.5
Kyle E / Author

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