The Kansas City Royals take on the Oakland Athletics in the third of a four-game series on Saturday afternoon from the Coliseum. The Royals will have rookie Jackson Kowar take the mound. The A’s will counter James Kaprielian who is coming off his first loss. The Royals tallied a 6-1 win in Thursday’s series opener, and Oakland replied with a 4-3 victory on Friday.
Kowar Seeks First Career Win, Royals Find Win Column
Jackson Kowar will make his second start of the season in this one. Kowar was clobbered in his MLD debut against the Angels earlier this week, squandering four runs and only lasted 0.2 innings in an 8-3 loss. The rookie right-hander was dominant at Triple-A this season, recording a stifling 0.85 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in six starts.
It’s been a rough string of games for the Royals who stand at 1-3 on their current road trip. They were swept by the Angels and rebounded with a win in Thursday's series opener in Oakland. KC allowed 20 runs in the three-game series against L.A. and overall the pitching has been well below average. The offense has struggled lately as well.
Andrew Benintendi is in a groove, accumulating 12 RBI’s on the month. The veteran slugger is having an outstanding season, posting a .288 average with 30 RBI’s and a .773 OPS. Benintendi went 2 for 4 with a home run in Thursday’s series-opening win.
The Royals are scoring an average of 4.32 runs per game, ranking them 15th overall. The pitching staff has posted a 4.46 team ERA, placing them down at 21st in the big leagues.
Rookie James Kaprielian Thrives, A's Holding Onto First Place
The A's will have James Kaprielian on the hill for the sixth time of the year on Saturday. Kaprielian was solid in his previous start, holding the Rockies to only two runs in five innings but was charged with the loss to bring his record to 2-1. The rookie right-hander has been outstanding with the exception of one start and enters with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 26.1 innings of work. His command can sometimes be an issue with 12 walks on the season.
The A’s continue to lead the way in the AL West although the Astros are right behind. Oakland has won three series in a row and outscored Arizona by a 9-2 count in the two-game sweep prior to this series. They are interestingly only one game above the .500 mark at the Coliseum this season.
See. You. Later. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/V9qK4xLeQa— Oakland A's (@Athletics) June 11, 2021
Mark Canha is swinging a hot bat, accumulating a whopping 10 RBI’s in eight games on the month after a quiet May. The 32-year old slugger is having a productive season, bashing 11 taters with 25 RBI’s and a solid .847 OPS. Canha went 0 for 4 at the dish in Thursday's loss.
Oakland stands 16th in the Majors with 4.30 runs on the season. The A’s pitching staff has filed a 3.89 team ERA, good for 12th overall.
The Kansas City Royals are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against a right-handed starter.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- 19-8 in their last 27 games against the Royals.
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter.
- 6-2 in their last 8 games overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Oakland continues to dominate, earning the win in six out of their last eight games overall propelled by outstanding pitching. The Royals are slumping in a big way, losing five out of their last six games. Royals’ starter Jackson Kowar struggled in his MLB debut last week as he did not even last one inning after squandering four runs against the Angels.
Furthermore, Athletics’ rookie starter James Kaprielian is off to a tremendous start to his career, limiting his foes to two or fewer runs in four of his five outings. Oakland has allowed three or fewer runs in four out of their last five games and should silence the slumping Royals.
Full-Game Total Pick
This should be a low-scoring clash. The Royals have not been able to generate any offense recently, tallying a total of only 12 runs in their last five games overall. The under is also 5-1 in their last six games in Oakland.
In addition, the under has been the prevalent trend for the A’s due to their stellar pitching. They will score enough to win this one by a few runs but have plated only 11 runs in their last four clashes. The under is a perfect 5-0 in the A’s last five games overall entering Friday night.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Royals team total is a solid play. The Royals only managed five runs in their series against the Angels this week which is not ideal considering they have a subpar pitching staff, plus they only scored three in Friday's loss. Only one team has been able to solve A's starter Kaprielian and the Oakland bullpen features a 3.86 ERA.
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
I am going with the over on the three-inning total. The A’s highest-scoring stretch occurs in innings 1-3 with 93 runs and they should get to Kowar who was clobbered in his first start of the season earlier this week against the Angels. The A’s have a good pen and the Royals' best chance will be earlier in the game.