MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 6110
Oakland2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5101
  W: K. McCarthy (4-2)   L: L. Hendriks (4-3)   S: I. Kennedy (30)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, September 16, 2019
Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 12,902

A's take on Royals in Oakland

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According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics

  1. The A's are 17-7 against the Royals since 2016, their second-best record against any AL opponent in that span (21-6 vs. Tigers). The A's held the Royals to just seven runs in a four-game set in Oakland last season with the Royals slashing just .169/.200/.308 in the series.
  2. Kansas City was swept by Houston over the weekend, getting outscored 22-5 in the three-game series. Since scoring 27 runs in a four-game set with Detroit from August 8-11, the Royals have averaged just 3.67 runs across 30 games, second-fewest in MLB ahead of the Blue Jays (3.46).
  3. The A's are winners of six straight and 11 of their last 13, averaging 7.30 runs across those 13 games. The A's are 39-19 since the All-Star break, best in MLB, after going 42-23 after the break last year, also best in MLB.
  4. Jorge Soler has a .404 on-base percentage since the All-Star break, best of any Royal (minimum 50 PA). His OBP before the break was just .307 -- that .097 improvement is the largest in MLB this season among qualifiers.
  5. Marcus Semien is slashing .407/.467/.889 in his last six games with four home runs, three walks and eight RBI. He has plated at least one run in all six games and leads MLB in runs scored in September with 17.
  6. Seth Brown has played 16 career games and owns a slash line of .385/.439/.596. The only other qualifying A's player in the live-ball era to match or exceed that slash line through 16 career games was Manny Jimenez in 1962 (.395/.480/.651).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/16/2019 thru 9/18/2019

The Kansas City Royals continue baseball's toughest finishing schedule Monday night against the team with the easiest wrap-up slate when they open a week-long trip with a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics.

The Royals (55-95) flew into Oakland on Sunday night just as the Kansas City Chiefs were flying out following a 28-10 thumping of the Raiders in an NFL matchup.

Unlike the powerful Chiefs, the Royals packed a losing streak for their flight, one that consisted of 4-1, 6-1 and 12-3 home losses to first-place Houston.

After facing the A's (90-60), the second-place team in the AL West and current leader in the AL wild-card race, the Royals will move on to Minnesota to take on the AL Central first-place Twins.

Kansas City then returns home for a five-game homestand in the final week consisting of the National League East first-place Atlanta Braves for two and the Twins again for three.

It's possible the Royals will continue their death march without their top winner, right-hander Jakob Junis, whose 2 2/3-inning start in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Astros was the shortest of his three-year career.

"I think the innings are adding up for him right now this time of year," Royals manager Ned Yost observed to reporters Sunday. "I'll take a day or two and look at things and see if that might have been his last start of the year."

Junis did not face Oakland when the A's won two of three in a highly competitive series in Kansas City late in August. The series finale was started by right-hander Glenn Sparkman (4-11, 5.94 ERA), who is scheduled to get a rematch on Monday.

Sparkman lasted just 4 1/3 innings in a 9-8 loss during which he was bombed for a home run by Jurickson Profar and two doubles by Seth Brown. That was his only career meeting with the A's.

The A's are expected to counter with right-hander Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.01), who like Sparkman started a losing cause during the Kansas City portion of the season series.

He served up homers to Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn in an 8-6 defeat in the middle game of the series, a contest for which he did not get a decision. He is 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against the Royals.

Roark is a candidate to pitch the AL Wild Card Game should the A's host it. He's gone 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his four home starts since joining Oakland at the trade deadline, a stretch that includes matchups with St. Louis, Houston and the New York Yankees.

The 32-year-old will be riding a five-win overall unbeaten streak (3-0 record) in the series opener.

The A's have won six straight, including a 14-9, 8-6, 6-1 sweep at Texas that capped a 6-1 trip that began with a 3-1 series win at Houston.

The games against the Rangers began a finishing run during which the A's will play all teams currently under .500 -- the Rangers, Royals, Rangers again, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle.

"It seems like we're hitting on all facets of the game," A's third baseman assured reporters after Sunday's win. "We have our eyes on hosting a wild-card game."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 16, 2019

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