Pick Athletics +100 vs. Royals in AL Wild Card Game

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:56 AM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 10:56 AM UTC

This insightful MLB handicapping article previews the American League Wild Card game between the Athletics & Royals and includes a free money line MLB pick.

<p style="text-align:center;"> <style type="text/css"><!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--> </style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left;"><iframe width="560" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=22352" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></span></p> <p><strong>Won or Done</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em;">The Royals will host the A’s on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/mlb/mlb-picks-american-league-wild-card-landscape/49531/" target="_blank" title="Reflect on our earlier American League Wild Card predictions">American League Wild Card</a> game with the first pitch slated for 8:07 PM ET. According to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/" target="_blank" title="MLB Odds">MLB betting odds</a> the Royals are a -110 money line home favorite. The winner of this game will advance to the ALCS, and will face the AL #1 seed Los Angeles Angels in a series that will begin on Thursday night.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>A’s Count Heavily on Lester</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em;">When the A’s acquired Jon Lester before <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/mlb/2014-mlb-trading-deadline-s-impact-american-league-picks/48348/" target="_blank" title="2014 MLB Trading Deadline's Impact on American League Picks">the 2014 trade deadline</a> from the Boston Red Sox on July 31</span><sup style="line-height:1.6em;">st</sup><span style="line-height:1.6em;">, this is the exact kind of situation they were hoping to use him in. It’s a win or go home scenario for Oakland, and their southpaw ace gives them a very reasonable chance to advance. This will be the 12</span><sup style="line-height:1.6em;">th</sup><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> career postseason start for Lester, and he’s posted an excellent 2.11 ERA in his first 11. He’s also gone 3-0 versus the Royals this season while posting a stellar 2.61 ERA. Just in case the Oakland starter needs it, the A’s bullpen has been superb in 2014, posting a 2.91 ERA as a staff.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Royals Franchise Cherishing the Moment</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em;">If you haven’t heard it already, this will be the Kansas City Royals first postseason appearance in 29-years. The last time they embarked in postseason play was Game 7 of the 1985 World Series when they defeated the Cardinals 11-0, capturing their lone world championship in franchise history. Between 1976 and 1985, the Royals appeared in the postseason in 7 of those 10-years. The drought is over, the celebration has been temporarily put on hold, and it’s time for the Royals to prove they belong in prime time.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Getting Behind the Royals Shields</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em;">The Royals ace James Shields get the honor of pitching this historic game in franchise history. He was outstanding in 5-starts in September when the Royals playoff chances were teetering on the fence. However, Shields has been much more profitable on the road going 15-4 against the money, than at home where he’s cashed in just 6 of his 15-starts. Shields will be making his 7</span><sup style="line-height:1.6em;">th</sup><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> career postseason start, and it will be his first since 2011 when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. He hasn’t exactly had a shining resume in those previous 6 postseason outings, evidenced by his lofty 4.94 ERA in those starts. As those placing <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/mlb/" target="_blank" title="MLB Picks">MLB picks</a> on this team will know, the Royals were a very good 47-34 on the road this season, but an average at best 42-39 at Kauffman Stadium in 2014.</span></p> <p><strong>Free MLB Pick: </strong>A’s +100 over the Royals at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=807&amp;book=inarticlepinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Pinnacle Sports">Pinnacle</a></p> <p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":356116, "sportsbooksIds":[19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139], "LineTypeId":5, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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