Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics MLB Sat, May 18, 19:10 pm.
Kansas City Royals
ML: -190
Oakland Athletics
ML: 155

Salvador Perez flings to Power Royals Past A’s in Rematch


This weekend, the Kansas City Royals are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the team that took them to their first pennant in 29 times. numerous former members of the 2014 Royals watched from a suite in Kauffman Stadium on Friday night as Kansas City secured a 6- 2 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics to kick off a three- game series. They also watched Salvador Perez, their former teammate, continue his outstanding season at the plate. Perez, who carries the majors’ sixth-highest batting average, will be a crucial player again on Saturday evening as the Royals aim to secure a series win against Oakland.

Historical Context and Recent Performance

Celebrating a Legacy

A foundation for Kansas City during its memorable run to the World Series in 2014, Perez is fur.335 this season, his 13th in the majors. His career-stylish hitting came in the COVID- docked 2020 season, when he maundered.333 in 37 games. On Friday, Perez went 3- for- 3 with a double and an RBI, defying prospects for a 34- time-old megahit.

” He is not just hanging on,” said Royals director Matt Quatraro of Perez, who turned 34 on May 10.” He is a premier player in the league.” Perez’s 53 hits are tied for 10th-best in the majors, while his.960 OPS ranks seventh. His eight home runs and 34 RBIs lead Kansas City, which stands at 27- 19. Last year’s Royals did not win their 27th game until July 16 in a 56- 106 season.

” These guys have done a really good job of making it clear that last year does not count,” Quatraro said.” This time is more fun, for sure. But we always want to keep pushing. We are not satisfied with where we’re right now.”

Athletics’ Struggles

Offensive Woes

Kansas City is presently faring better than the Athletics, who have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Oakland hasn’t scored more than four runs in any game during its current six- game losing streak.” We just need to keep grinding out at- batons and find some offense,” said Athletics director Mark Kotsay after Friday’s loss, which dropped Oakland to 19- 28, just two weeks after being 17- 17. The Athletics are batting a majors- worst.216 and have struck out 447 times this season, thesecond-most in the majors. On Friday night, Oakland managed only four hits, two of which came after Royals starter Cole Ragans left after seven scoreless innings.

Upcoming Pitching Matchup

Lugo vs. Stripling

Saturday’s game looks challenging for Oakland’s struggling offense, as Kansas City will start American League ERA leader Seth Lugo( 6- 1,1.66). Lugo has not allowed more than four runs in any start this season and has pitched at least six innings in all but one of his nine outings. He struck out a career-high 12 batters and limited the Los Angeles Angels to one run over eight innings in the Royals’ 4- 2 road win last Sunday. Lugo is 1- 0 with a7.71 ERA in two career appearances( one start) against Oakland.

Oakland will counter with fellow 34- year-old right- hander Ross Stripling( 1- 7,4.98). Stripling has lost his two most recent outings this season after earning his lone win on May 1. He surrendered a total of 14 runs( seven earned) on 14 successes over62/3 innings. In his last launch, he allowed three runs( two earned) on four hits in five frames during the Athletics’ 9- 2 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday. Stripling has faced Kansas City four times in his career, doubly as a starter, and is 3- 0 with a4.15 ERA.


As the Royals aim to maintain their winning momentum and the Athletics look to bounce back from their recent struggles, Saturday’s game promises to be a competitive and engaging encounter. crucial player performances and strategic adjustments will be crucial as both teams strive for victory. Fans can anticipate an instigative matchup as Kansas City and Oakland clash in the second game of their series.

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Sat, May 18, 10:45 am.
Kansas City Royals
O 9.5
Oakland Athletics
U 9.5
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