The Los Angeles Angels are heading east to square off against the Kansas City Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway 4:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will showcase this AL showdown.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals Odds
Los Angeles (-160) is favored over Kansas City (+150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this day game at nine runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Angels -1.5 runs (-110) and Royals +1.5 runs (-110).
The Angels have gone 41-37 SU this year and are 34-43 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.7 units for moneyline bettors and 12.3 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 23-54 SU and 35-41 ATS. They’ve lost 21.3 units for moneyline bettors and 13.7 units ATS.
Royals games have had an over/under record of 28-44-4 so far in 2018. Angels games have gone under 37 times, gone over 35 times and pushed on five instances.
Tyler Skaggs will get the start for the visiting Angels. The southpaw Skaggs (6-4, 2.81 ERA) has recorded 86 strikeouts in 80 innings so far. He has yet to face the Royals this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 0.00 ERA and nine strikeouts across seven innings).
The Royals are putting the ball in the right hand of Brad Keller (1-2, 2.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), who’s got 24 strikeouts and 16 walks. Keller is 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.
Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.74 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.00 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.92, along with a WHIP of 1.26.
Angels hitters have slashed .248/.322/.421 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Los Angeles’ hitters have been paced by outfielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who’ve collectively launched 27 home runs. Trout is hitting .325/.461/.661 with 23 home runs, 48 RBIs, 62 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Simmons (.308/.373/.421) has produced four homers, 34 RBIs and 37 runs scored.
For the home team, Kansas City’s pitching staff has yielded 5.5 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 5.18, a WHIP of 1.44 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.4. The bullpen has a 5.43 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 6.9 K/9.
Kansas City’s hitters are putting up 3.6 runs per contest, including 2.2 per game over its last 10 games and 2.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .178/.249/.284 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.
The Royals’ offense has been led by second baseman Whit Merrifield and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Merrifield is slashing .280/.358/.401 with four home runs, 23 RBIs, 31 runs and 16 steals, and Moustakas has produced a line of .255/.312/.463 with 14 homers, 48 RBIs and 35 runs.
The Angels have gained 8.0 units and are 29-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 26 of those games, compared to 29 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Royals have netted 2.2 units and are 15-10 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to 16 that’ve gone under.
Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER
The over has cashed in four of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
The Royals have lost 11 of their last 12 games SU.
Kansas City has recorded 14.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.0 over its last five.
The Angels have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Royals have hit four over their last 10.
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