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The Kansas City Royals are set to take on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will televise this AL showdown.

Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Kansas City (+225) is coming into this one as the underdog against Los Angeles (-250) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 8 runs (-125 for the over and +105 for the under). Gamblers can also bet on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at +100 for the Royals +1.5 runs and -120 for the Angels -1.5 runs.

The Angels are 34-28 SU and 30-31 ATS. The team has lost 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.0 units against the spread (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Royals are 21-40 SU and have gone 28-32 ATS. In total, the teams lost 11.4 units for moneyline gamblers and 9.3 units ATS. Kansas City is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 27-31-3 so far in 2018. Kansas City has been a decent under bet with a total record of 24-32-4.

The right-handed Ian Kennedy will get the nod for the visiting Royals. Kennedy is 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA and 57 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with three strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA against Los Angeles this year (two starts).

The Angels are putting the ball in the right hand of Shohei Ohtani (4-1, 3.18 ERA, 1.08 WHIP), who has 57 punchouts and 17 walks. Ohtani has yet to face the Royals this year and did not accrue any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

As a unit, Los Angeles pitching staff has given up 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.59, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.0. The bullpen has a 3.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.6 runs per contest, including 3.7 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The teams hit .261/.312/.422 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Angels offense has been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout. Simmons is hitting .330/.399/.460 with four home runs, 34 RBIs, 32 runs and five stolen bases, and Trout’s line is .315/.447/.671 with 19 homers, 39 RBIs, 52 runs and 13 steals.

In the other dugout, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.35 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.37 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.55, along with a K/9 of 7.06.

Royals hitters have slashed .253/.318/.387 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including 3.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Kansas City’s offensive production been led by left fielder Jon Jay and second baseman Whit Merrifield. Jay is hitting .307/.363/.374 with 73 hits, 18 RBIs and 28 runs scored, while Merrifield (.286/.368/.419) has produced 65 hits, 22 RBIs, 29 runs and 14 steals.

The Royals have lost 14.9 units and are 16-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 16 of those games, as opposed to 20 that’ve hit the under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 5.7 units and are 25-21 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 20 of those games, compared to 23 that went under.

Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Royals have lost four of their last five games SU.
  • Kansas City has posted 20.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.2 over its last five.
  • The Royals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 14 over their last 10.