The Kansas City Royals (29-31) and the Oakland Athletics (37-26) start a four-game series at Oakland Coliseum Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Royals vs. Athletics odds with MLB picks and predictions.
Kansas City followed up a five-game winning streak with a five-game losing skid entering Thursday including a three-game sweep at the Los Angeles Angels where the Royals were outscored a combined 22-5 in the series.
Oakland won both of their two-game mini interleague series with the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week and have won six of the last seven games and three straight series.
Season series: 0-0.
LHP Mike Minor makes his 13th start for the Royals. Minor is 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA (67 IP, 36 ER), 1.21 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.8 K/9 this year.
- Last outing: Loss, 5-4, in 7 IP with 5 ER, 7 H, 1 BB and 5 K vs….