Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals Prediction & Preview , Watch Free HD MLB Streams Live


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The Kansas City Royals will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they face the Oakland Athletics in the first game of their four-game series on Thursday night.

Mike Minor, 4-3, 4.84 ERA, will get the start for the Royals. The Athletics will counter with Frankie Montas, 6-5, 4.52 ERA.

Oakland is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Kansas City.

**This preview was written before Wednesday’s game was played**

Royals Trying To Avoid Another Series Loss

The Royals seemed to have turned things around after winning six of seven games at the beginning of the month. They have struggled since, losing their last four games, and will try to avoid losing consecutive series, starting with a win on Thursday night.

Kansas City is averaging 4.36 runs per game. Their .241 batting average is 11th in the league. Their .306 on base percentage is 22nd, while their .388 slugging percentage is 18th.

Andrew Benintendi leads Kansas City with a .289 batting average, while Salvador Perez leads the team with 14 home runs and 40 RBI.

Kansas City’s pitching hasn’t been good. Opponents have a .247 batting average against the Royals, which is 22nd in the league. Their 4.49 ERA is 21st, while their 1.39 WHIP is 26th.

In his last start, Minor gave up seven hits and five runs in seven innings, leading to a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. They will need a better performance from him if they want to get the win.

Athletics Trying To Increase Division Lead

The Athletics have bounced back from their slump and they’ve won five of their last six games. Despite their run, they only have a one-game lead over Houston in the AL West standings. They will try to increase their division lead with a win over the Royals, which will give them their sixth win in their last seven games.

Oakland is averaging 4.35 runs per game. Their .232 batting average is 20th in the league. Their .316 on base percentage is 13th, while their .408 slugging percentage is 11th.

Matt Olson has been the big bat for Oakland. He leads the team with a .274 batting average, 15 home runs, and 40 RBI.

Oakland’s pitching has been better than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .250 batting average against Athletics, which is 25th in the league. Their 3.94 ERA is 13th, while their 1.27 WHIP is 12th.

In his last start, Montas gave up six hits and three runs in five innings, leading to a 9-5 win over Colorado. They will need a better effort from him if they want to win this game.