Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

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Andrelton Simmons and the Los Angeles Angels will be hitting the diamond against the Kansas City Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in a Saturday showdown. Fox Sports Kansas City is in line to televise this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals Odds

Oddsmakers have offered equal moneyline odds (-105) on each team. If you’re thinking the game’s total is going to go under 9.5 runs scored, then bookmakers are offering -120 odds. Picking the over can return even money (+100). This game currently has a runline of Angels -1.5 (+140) and Royals +1.5 (-160).

The Angels have gone 11-16 SU this year and are 15-11 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.1 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season, despite having gained 4.5 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 8-18 SU and 13-12 ATS. They’ve lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors and 1.4 units ATS.

Kansas City games have had an over/under record of 15-9-1 thus far in 2019. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 10-15-1.

The right-handed Jaime Barria is projected to start for Los Angeles. Barria is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA and nine strikeouts. He has yet to face the Royals this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Royals will deploy righty Jorge Lopez (0-2, 4.50 ERA) to the mound. Lopez has 29 punchouts and nine walks as well as a WHIP of 1.30. Lopez did not record a start against the Angels in 2018.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.81 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.14 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.55, along with a WHIP of 1.47 and a K/9 of 10.11.

The Angels offense has slashed .239/.325/.408 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 5.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder David Fletcher have led Los Angeles’ hitters. Simmons is slashing .273/.286/.445 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Fletcher (.299/.344/.402) is up to one homers, 10 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

For the home team, Kansas City’s pitching staff has given up 5.3 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.42 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

The Kansas City hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per outing, including 3.7 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .244/.314/.458 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Second baseman Whit Merrifield and left fielder Alex Gordon have led the Royals’ offense so far. Merrifield is slashing .302/.353/.519 with four home runs, 11 RBIs, 20 runs and five stolen bases, while Gordon’s line is .309/.391/.564 with five homers, 21 RBIs and 15 runs.

The Angels have gained 1.4 units and are 11-6 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in eight of those games, compared to eight that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Royals have lost 5.0 units and are 9-9 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 11 of those games, as opposed to seven which went under the total.

Angels at Royals MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Royals, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in only two of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 26.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.6 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Royals have hit 14 over their last 10.
  • The Angels have an OPS of .733 this season and an OPS of .743 against right-handed pitchers. The Royals’ OPS sits at .746 overall and .782 against righties.