A's look to break losing streak in Blackburn's starts against the Royals
Thu, Sep 16th 8:57am EDT
Despite the losing streak, the A's are still -124 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Blackburn (0-2, 5.24) has had back-to-back poor starts, allowing eight earned runs in his last 6.1 combined innings against the Rangers and Blue Jays. However, Blackburn has been much better in day games than in night games this season, with an ERA 1.78 runs lower in daytime starts. Oakland’s bullpen had an 8.26 ERA in the 12 games this month entering Wednesday, which is the worst in the majors in that span. Thus, it would behoove Blackburn to give his team some length in this outing, but Oakland’s bullpen struggles are a big reason for this inflated total. Royals starter Daniel Lynch (4-4, 5.37) similarly has been brilliant in three afternoon starts this year, going 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA. He faces an Oakland lineup that entered Wednesday ranked 20th in batting average and 21st in OPS against left-handed pitching. In fact, Oakland’s .237 batting average against left-handed pitching since the start of last season is tied for the fifth-lowest in baseball.