Athletics vs Royals Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 14 (9/14): MLB

Athletics vs Royals Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 14 (9/14): MLB

  • Ajay
  • Ajay
  • Sep 14, 2021, 10:34:55 AM

Credit: photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Athletics money line -172
Athletics run line -1.5 (-105)
Royals money line +140
Royals run line +1.5 (-112)
Over / under 9 (-108)


Key stats
  Athletics Royals
Record 77-66 65-78
Road / home record 37-32 34-35
Last 10 record 4-6 6-4
Streak L2 W1
Over / under record 66-72-5 61-71-11
Runs / game 4.55 4.20
Runs allowed / game 4.12 4.85



The Athletics are in Kauffman Stadium for the first of a three-game tilt against the Royals.  The A's are still clinging to the possibility of a Wild Card spot as they two games off of the Red Sox who occupy the second spot.  Oakland lose their last series 2-1 to the Rangers and are on a two-game losing streak which snapped their four-game winning run.  The Royals are 4th in the AL Central and have just about seen their season come to an end.  They beat the Twins 2-1 in their last series and have now won three of their last four games.

Pitching matchup


Frankie Montas (12-9, 3.57 ERA) Frankie Montas will take the ball first for Oakland tonight for his 29th start of the season.  Montas has a 3.57 ERA in 2020 and his career-best was 2.63 in 2019.  He also has a 1.20 WHIP.  In 163.2 IP this season, he's been hit 149 times for 65 ERs and has 181 strikeouts compared to 47 walks.  


Jackson Kowar (0-3, 9.53 ERA) Jackson Kowar will start for the 5th time this season.  The rookie has a 9.53 ERA in 2021 with a WHIP of 1.88 across 17 innings and has given up 18 ERs off 21 hits with 15 strikeouts and 11 walks.  Kowar has faced the A's this season pitching for 1.1 innings and surrendered four ERs off five hits with a single strikeout and three walks. 


Kansas City is averaging 4.33 runs per game in their last 3 games while Oakland is averaging 5.33 runs per game over the same span.  Generally, both of these clubs have been inconsistent and the over / under at 9 is too high. 

PICK: Under 9 (-110)

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