In today’s MLB betting guide, the Oakland Athletics aim to put a series defeat against the Seattle Mariners behind them as they visit the Kansas City Royals for a three-game battle. Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins go head-to-head for the first time this season.
Oakland Athletics (+115) vs Kansas City Royals (-135)
The Athletics’ month of June continues to be abysmal after their sweep to the Mariners left them 3-16. They’ve been shutout four times during that span, twice against the Royals, while allowing 112 runs. Cole Irvin will take the mound for Oakland in an attempt to stop the bleeding, but he’s 0-3 in his last seven games. In 41.1 innings, he’s allowed 42 hits and 14 runs, striking out 29 batters. Irvin hasn’t looked particularly strong since returning from a left-shoulder injury in May, but he allowed just three hits in 6.1 innings pitched in his last outing, which came against the Royals.
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Like Oakland, the Royals occupy the bottom spot of their division, as they sit in the basement of the AL Central and are 12.5 games behind the top-seeded Cleveland Guardians. Winners of four of their last six, they’ll lean on Zack Greinke to bounce out of a slow start to his season. He’s 0-4 in 10 starts, with an ERA (earned run average) of 5.05 and just 29 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. Greinke has allowed five or more hits in each of his last three starts but could see some positive results when taking on an Athletics team that is playing poorer than Kansas City.
Colorado Rockies (+140) vs Minnesota Twins (-160)
After sweeping the San Diego Padres, the Rockies saw a reverse of fate as they went 0-3 against the Miami Marlins to begin their week. Despite scoring 14 runs of their own, the team crumbled defensively in the first two games and is now behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for last place in the NL West. Germán Márquez will start tonight, hoping to improve on his 3-2 record in his previous seven starts. He’s struck out 40 batters in 41 innings, but his ERA has shot up to 6.16 on the year, including nine runs on 18 hits in his last three appearances.
Dylan Bundy will receive the start for the Twins, and they need to start piling up wins quickly to keep pace with the Guardians for the top spot in the AL Central. They’ll need to be better than their two wins in their previous six games, but facing a Rockies team that struggles more than they have could be the answer to their problems. Bundy himself dropped down to a 5.17 ERA on the year, allowing 44 hits in his last 32.2 innings.
Odds via Bet365.
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