Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels Matchup

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The Kansas City Royals will square off against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast this AL showdown. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.

Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Kansas City (+180) is the underdog against Los Angeles (-190) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Gamblers can also bet on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -125 for the Royals +1.5 runs and +105 for the Angels -1.5 runs.

The Angels are 33-28 SU and 29-31 ATS. They’ve lost 1.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.1 units against the spread (ATS). Los Angeles has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Royals have gone 21-39 SU this year and are 28-31 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 10.4 units for moneyline bettors and 8.1 units ATS. Kansas City’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in three of those seven.

Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 26-31-3 so far in 2018. Kansas City has been a decent under bet with a total record of 23-32-4.

Right-hander Brad Keller is the projected starter for the visiting Royals. Keller is 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 16 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 9.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are turning to lefty Andrew Heaney (2-4, 3.66 ERA), who’s got 54 strikeouts and 18 walks to his credit as well as a 1.26 WHIP. Heaney is 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA against Kansas City this year.

As a unit, Los Angeles pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 3.69 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .257/.307/.437 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Angels hitters have been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout. Simmons is hitting .330/.397/.460 with four home runs, 34 RBIs, 32 runs and five stolen bases, while Trout’s line is .316/.450/.679 with 19 homers, 39 RBIs, 52 runs and 13 steals.

For the visitors, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.7 runs per game and its starters own a 5.39 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.38 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.65, along with a WHIP of 1.44.

The Royals offense has slashed .256/.321/.392 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Left fielder Jon Jay and second baseman Whit Merrifield continue to lead Kansas City’s hitters. Jay is hitting .311/.364/.379 with 73 hits, 18 RBIs and 28 runs scored, while Merrifield is hitting .291/.374/.426 with 65 hits, 22 RBIs, 29 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Royals have gained 3.5 units and are 12-8 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in eight of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 5.7 units and are 25-21 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 20 of those games, compared to 23 that went under the total.

Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Royals have lost three of their last four games SU.
  • Kansas City has posted 23.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.4 over its last five.
  • The Royals have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 16 over their last 10.