Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels Matchup

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The Kansas City Royals are traveling west to Angel Stadium of Anaheim to square off against the Los Angeles Angels. This AL matchup will get underway at 10:07 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Kansas City to catch the game.

Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas is listing Los Angeles (-135) as the favorite over Kansas City (+125). Gamblers can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -115 for over 8.5 runs and -105 for under 8.5. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Royals +1.5 runs (-170) and Angels -1.5 runs (+150).

The Angels are 20-23 straight up (SU) and 26-17 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 3.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 9.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. On the other hand, the Royals are 15-29 SU and have gone 21-22 against the spread. Overall, the team’s lost 8.3 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 5.8 units ATS. Kansas City is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 18-22-3 so far in 2019. Kansas City has an over/under record of 23-18-2.

Right-hander Brad Keller is the projected starter for the visiting Royals. Keller is 2-4 with a 4.47 ERA and 39 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he made two starts against the team in 2018, putting together a 1-1 record with a 1.46 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

The Angels will turn to righty Matt Harvey (1-3, 6.69 ERA), who has 28 strikeouts and 16 walks, along with a 1.41 WHIP. Harvey is 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in one start against Kansas City this year.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitching staff has given up 4.9 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starters have a 6.01 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.84 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 9.8 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 4.9 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .320/.379/.470 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder David Fletcher have led the Angels’ batters this year. Simmons is slashing .306/.330/.428 with three home runs, 21 RBIs, 20 runs and five steals, and Fletcher’s line is .299/.342/.438 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 21 runs.

For the visitors, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.41 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.58 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.04, along with a WHIP of 1.47.

Royals hitters have slashed .246/.321/.422 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 3.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Second baseman Whit Merrifield and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi have led Kansas City’s offense. Merrifield is hitting .287/.343/.508 with six home runs, 20 RBIs, 34 runs and seven steals. Mondesi (.282/.316/.494) has produced five homers, 36 RBIs, 24 runs and 15 stolen bases.

The Royals have lost 4.2 units and are 15-16 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 18 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 4.5 units and are 19-9 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 13 of those games, compared to 12 that went under.

Royals vs. Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in only two of Kansas City’s last seven contests.
  • The Royals have an OPS of .744 this season and an OPS of .769 against right-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS stands at .767 overall and .801 versus righties.
  • The Royals have lost four of their last five games SU while the Angels have lost three of their last four.
  • Kansas City has recorded 20.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.6 over its last five.
  • The Royals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 18 over their last 10.