Baseball Playoff Betting: AL Wild Card – OAKLAND ATHLETICS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS (9/30)

BASEBALL — September 30

AL Wild Card

(GetThatBet Line: Pick’em -110, Total 6.5 : Un -115, Ov -105) — The Athletics managed to stumble all over themselves in the final two months, losing 30 of their last 46. Here they get a new start, although it is going to be an electric atmosphere at Kaufmann Stadium, where those fans haven’t seen playoff baseball since 1985.

If this was a football game that might have more of an effect, but we know that if there is a steadying influence in the Oakland rotation, it is Jon Lester, who was having a good season in Boston when he was traded to the Athletics, and then compiled a 2.35 ERA for his new club. he was like the guy standing up while everything was crumbling around him. We also prefer his post-season experience to that of counterpart James Shields. Lester has a 2.11 post-season ERA, and has been almost untouchable in the World Series (0.43 ERA). In other words, he is certainly not intimidated by having the spotlight on him. In 20-2/3 innings against Kansas City this season ,he has averaged just under a strikeout an inning and hasn’t let one get out of the park. The Royals have won only 42 games at home, so we are not all that swayed by the home field advantage here either.


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