Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals: Best Odds and Preview for September 14, 2021


By BestOdds Analyst | September 13, 2021, 4:49 pm

Matt Olson and Salvador Perez go head-to-head in a showdown of top-10 sluggers when the Oakland Athletics (77-66) and the Kansas City Royals (65-78) play at 8:10 PM ET on Tuesday. Olson has 34 home runs (sixth in the league) for the favored Athletics (-158), and Perez ranks third in MLB play with 42 dingers this season for the underdog Royals (+144).

Oakland’s Frankie Montas and Kansas City’s Jackson Kowar will start this matchup.

Best Odds for Oakland Athletics vs Kansas City Royals

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances to win the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the MLB matchup between the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals.

Athletics Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Athletics have been chosen as favorites in 94 games this year and have walked away with the win 56 times (59.6%) in those games.
  • Oakland and their opponents have hit the over in 66 of their 142 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • The Athletics rank 13th in the league with 650 total runs scored this season.
  • In seven games as the favorite over the last 10 matchups, Oakland has a record of 4-3.
  • In their last 10 matchups with a total posted by sportsbooks, the Athletics and their foes are 5-4-1 when it comes to hitting the over.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Montas (12-9 with a 3.57 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 163 2/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Athletics, his 29th of the season.
  • In his most recent appearance on Thursday, the right-hander tossed seven innings against the White Sox, allowing one earned run while surrendering six hits.
  • Montás’ team is 15-13 over his 28 starts.
  • Montás’ starts with a set total this season have hit the over in 12 of 28 games.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Matt Olson 137 .276 .363 .545 34 98 137
Starling Marte 39 .339 .371 .491 4 20 56
Starling Marte 64 .305 .401 .451 7 25 71
Josh Harrison 89 .294 .366 .434 6 38 94
Tony Kemp 98 .266 .372 .406 6 28 74
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Royals Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Royals have a 44-56 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 44% of those games).
  • Kansas City has combined with opponents to go over the total 61 times this season for a 61-73-9 record against the over/under.
  • The Royals have the No. 24 offense in MLB play scoring 4.2 runs per game (601 total runs).
  • Kansas City has a 5-2 record across the seven games it was the underdog on the moneyline in its last 10 matchups.
  • Over their last 10 matchups, the Royals and their opponents combined to hit the over on the total four times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Kowar (0-3) takes the mound first for the Royals in his fifth start of the season. He’s put together a 9.53 ERA in 17 innings pitched, with 15 strikeouts.
  • The righty last pitched on Tuesday against the Orioles, when he threw six innings, allowing six earned runs while giving up five hits.
  • All four of Kowar’s starts this season have ended in a loss for his team.
  • Kowar’s starts with a set total this season have hit the over in two of four contests.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Adalberto Mondesi 18 .265 .286 .603 6 13 18
Salvador Pérez 142 .274 .310 .538 42 105 150
Andrew Benintendi 115 .269 .312 .436 15 59 115
Nicky Lopez 128 .300 .365 .377 2 38 127
Whit Merrifield 143 .276 .317 .397 10 69 161

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