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Royals Vs Athletics: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 6/24/2022

The Kansas City Royals (25-43) and the Oakland Athletics (22-48) meet in the first of a three-game series on Friday at Kauffman Stadium, starting at 8:10 PM ET. The Royals are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Angels, and the Athletics head into the matchup following a 0-3 series loss to the Mariners. Kansas City’s (-140 to win) Zack Greinke and Oakland’s (+118) Cole Irvin will start this matchup.

The insights in what follows reflect odds as of June 23, 2022 at 9:24 PM ET.

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Royals vs Athletics Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Greinke (KC) Pitcher Irvin (OAK)
0 – 4 W/L 2 – 4
51.2 IP 63.0
5.05 ERA 3.14
1.355 WHIP 1.206
4.4 K/9 6.1
1.7 BB/9 2.1

Royals Probable Starter Zack Greinke

  • Greinke gets the start for the Royals, his 11th of the season. He is 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Sunday, May 29, the righty tossed 4 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins, allowing five earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • In 10 games this season, the 38-year-old has amassed a 5.05 ERA and 4.4 strikeouts per nine innings, while allowing a batting average of .284 to his opponents.
  • Greinke is trying to pick up his third quality start of the season in this game.
  • The opposing Athletics offense has a collective .209 batting average, and is last in the league with 482 total hits and 29th in MLB action with 220 runs scored. It has the 29th-ranked slugging percentage (.327) and ranks 29th in home runs (49) in all of MLB.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of June 23, 2022 at 9:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Stats vs Greinke

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Elvis Andrus 30 .367 11 0 3 .387 .854
Chad Pinder 17 .353 6 0 0 .389 .801
Ramón Laureano 16 .500 8 3 6 .500 1.812
Jed Lowrie 16 .062 1 1 1 .062 .312
Sean Murphy 9 .222 2 0 1 .222 .555
Tony Kemp 7 .143 1 0 0 .250 .393
Seth Brown 3 .333 1 1 2 .333 1.666
Stephen Vogt 2 .500 1 0 0 .667 1.167
Christian Bethancourt 2 1.000 2 0 1 1.000 2.000

Athletics Probable Starter Cole Irvin

  • Irvin (2-4) will take to the mound for the Athletics and make his 12th start of the season.
  • The left-hander last pitched on Saturday, when he gave up one earned run and allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals.
  • The 28-year-old has an ERA of 3.14, a 2.867 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.206 in 11 games this season.
  • He has five quality starts in 11 chances this season.
  • The Royals have scored 261 runs this season, which ranks 27th in MLB. They are batting .238 for the campaign with 53 home runs, 27th in the league.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of June 23, 2022 at 9:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Irvin

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 8 .125 1 0 0 .222 .347
Andrew Benintendi 7 .143 1 0 0 .143 .286
Hunter Dozier 7 .143 1 0 0 .250 .393
Salvador Perez 6 .333 2 1 1 .333 1.166
Michael A. Taylor 5 .200 1 0 0 .200 .800
Carlos Santana 5 .400 2 0 0 .500 .900
Bobby Witt Jr. 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Emmanuel Rivera 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Nicky Lopez 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Cam Gallagher 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333

Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals are 4-6 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 40% of those games).
  • Kansas City has played as a moneyline favorite of -140 or shorter in only two games this season, which they split 1-1.
  • The implied moneyline probablility in this matchup gives the Royals a 58.3% chance to win.
  • Kansas City has played in 68 games with an over/under set, and has combined with their opponents to go over the total 33 times (33-32-3).
  • The Royals have collected a 29-39-0 record ATS this season (covering 42.6% of the time).

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Athletics Betting Trends

  • The Athletics have been underdogs in 58 games this season and won 19 (32.8%) of those contests.
  • Oakland has a record of 12-29, a 29.3% win rate, when they’re set as an underdog of +118 or more by bookmakers this season.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 45.9% chance of a victory for the Athletics.
  • Games involving Oakland have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 32 of 71 chances this season.
  • The Athletics are 31-40-0 against the spread this season.

Royals Players to Watch

  • Bobby Witt Jr. has racked up 61 hits, a team-best for the Royals, on the way to hitting .240 with 16 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 14 walks.
  • Among the qualifying hitters, Witt ranks 104th in batting average, while his on-base percentage ranks 136th and he is 50th in slugging.
  • Whit Merrifield has 15 doubles, three home runs and 20 walks while hitting .232.
  • Merrifield currently ranks 117th in batting average, 145th in on base percentage, and 150th in slugging among qualified batters.
  • Andrew Benintendi is batting .295 with 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 26 walks. He has put up an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .390. Both lead the Royals.
  • Hunter Dozier is hitting .263 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 19 walks.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 280 .232 33 3 30 .277 .595
Andrew Benintendi 254 .295 27 3 25 .360 .750
Bobby Witt Jr. 254 .240 38 10 36 .285 .738
Hunter Dozier 224 .263 30 7 22 .329 .762
Salvador Pérez 223 .211 25 11 34 .254 .680
Nicky Lopez 203 .217 22 0 6 .284 .540
Carlos Santana 165 .206 15 4 18 .342 .669
Michael A. Taylor 156 .269 20 4 18 .348 .739
MJ Melendez 145 .234 15 6 17 .333 .754
Emmanuel Rivera 134 .201 14 4 16 .257 .630

Athletics Players to Watch

  • Seth Brown has 44 hits, which ranks first among Oakland hitters this season, while batting .212 with 22 extra-base hits.
  • Among all qualifying batters in MLB, Brown’s batting average ranks 146th, his on-base percentage ranks 147th, and he is 79th in slugging.
  • Sean Murphy leads Oakland in slugging percentage (.396) thanks to 25 extra-base hits.
  • Among all qualifying players, Murphy’s batting average places him 143rd, his on-base percentage is 129th, and he is 100th in slugging.
  • Elvis Andrus is batting .216 with a .330 slugging percentage and 11 RBI this year.
  • Tony Kemp has 48 hits this season and a team-best OBP of .306.

Athletics Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Sean Murphy 230 .213 25 8 28 .291 .687
Elvis Andrus 218 .216 24 3 11 .278 .608
Tony Kemp 217 .221 20 1 10 .306 .573
Seth Brown 208 .212 21 9 32 .276 .689
Cristian Pache 187 .166 14 2 12 .212 .447
Sheldon Neuse 176 .233 18 2 17 .293 .600
Chad Pinder 176 .239 15 5 16 .266 .641
Jed Lowrie 145 .193 14 3 16 .261 .544
Christian Bethancourt 144 .243 20 4 18 .283 .679
Ramón Laureano 144 .243 17 2 8 .327 .688

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