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Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics

June 20, 2024


The final game of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics will occur on Thursday afternoon. The Kansas City Royals will travel to Oakland, California, to face the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The game will start at 3:37 PM ET and air on NBC Sports California and Bally Sports Kansas City.


Kansas City Royals Team Preview


The Kansas City Royals have struggled over their last eight games as they have compiled a record of 2-8 during that stretch and are on a three-game losing streak following Wednesday's 1-5 loss in Game 2 of the series against the Oakland Athletics.


The Royals have been outscored by their opponents by 3.3 to 5.5 runs per game during that stretch and have lost the first two games in the series against the Athletics by an average margin of three runs per game. The loss in Game 2 also puts the Royals in danger of being swept in a series for the 1st time this season.


However, Kansas City has one of the better records in the American League this season despite their recent struggles, as they are seven games above .500 at 41-34, which puts them in 3rd place in the AL Central and six games behind the Cleveland Guardians for 1st place in the division. The Royals have won three of the five meetings this season against the Athletics and have won by an average margin of .8 runs per game during that stretch.


The Kansas City Royals will look to end their three-game losing streak and avoid their first series sweep of the season when they travel to face the Oakland Athletics for Game 3.


Oakland Athletics Team Preview


The Oakland Athletics entered the series against the Kansas City Royals on a nine-game losing streak. It had been swept in their previous two series following a 0-3 series sweep on the road against the San Diego Padres and a 0-4 series sweep on the road against the Minnesota Twins.


The Athletics have swept a series only once this season and are 20 games below .500 at 28-48. However, they will be going for the 3-0 series sweep against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon following Thursday night's 5-1 win in Game 2 of the series.


The Athletics scored two runs in the 3rd inning, which included J.J. Bleday scoring off a base hit from Brent Rooker, and two runs in the 7th inning, with Bleday scoring once again off a base hit from Brent Rooker. Luis Medina also picked up his 1st win of the 2024 MLB season after pitching 5 ? innings while allowing one run and recording three strikeouts in the win.


The Oakland Athletics will look to get their 2nd series sweep this season when they host the Kansas City Royals for Game 3 of the series on Thursday afternoon.


Odds and Series Trends


BetNow has the Kansas City Royals listed as -145 moneyline favorites on the road against the Oakland Athletics for Game 3 of the series on Thursday afternoon. The teams have split the previous ten games 5-5, with Kansas City outscoring Oakland by an average of 4.6 to 3.8 runs per game in those contests.


However, the Athletics have won two of the previous three games in the series by an average margin of .67 runs per game in those matchups.


Game Pick


Kansas City has one of the best records in the American League, while the Athletics are 20 games below .500 and have the 2nd worst record in the AL. However, the series has been lopsided, as Oakland has won the first two games by an average margin of 3 runs per game. Despite the most recent results over the last two games, the Royals have won three of the five meetings this season and have won by an average margin of .8 runs per game, which is why I am taking the moneyline for the Kansas City Royals when they travel to face the Oakland Athletics for Game 3 of the series on Thursday afternoon.


Spooky Express Pick: Kansas City Royals Moneyline (-145)