Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Angels will be facing off against the Kansas City Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. This AL matchup will get underway at 2:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast the game.

Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals Odds

Los Angeles (-200) is favored over Kansas City (+185) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this game at 8 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total stand at -105 for the under and -115 for the over. Gamblers can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds sitting at Angels -1.5 runs (-140) and Royals +1.5 runs (+120).

The Angels have gone 13-3 SU this year and are 10-5 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 9.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and 6.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Royals are 3-10 SU and 6-6 ATS. They’ve lost 5.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.3 units ATS. Kansas City has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Royals games have an over/under record of 3-9 so far in 2018. Angels games have gone over eight times, gone under seven times and pushed on zero occasions.

The Angels have gained 3.0 units and are 2-1 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in one of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Royals have lost 4.2 units and are 3-4 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in two of those games, as opposed to five that’ve gone under.

Right-hander Shohei Ohtani will get the nod for Los Angeles. Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Royals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Royals are turning to lefty Eric Skoglund (0-1, 9.64 ERA), who has one strikeouts and two walks to his credit as well as a 1.71 WHIP. Skoglund did not record a start against the Angels in 2017.

Kansas City’s pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.34, a WHIP of 1.20 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.4. The bullpen has a 6.26 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 6.5 K/9.

Kansas City’s offense has produced 3.0 runs per outing, including 2.8 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over its last five. The teams hit .238/.304/.321 over its last five contests and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Royals hitters have been led by third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Lucas Duda. Moustakas is slashing .327/.352/.596 with 17 hits, nine RBIs and nine runs scored, while Duda’s line is .282/.349/.436 with 11 hits, eight RBIs and four runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles pitching staff allowed 3.4 runs per game and its starters own a 3.84 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 9.38 K/9. The bullpen has managed an excellent ERA of just 2.45, along with a WHIP of 1.28.

Angels hitters have slashed .291/.347/.482 on their way to 6.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.0 per game over the teams last five outings (5-0 SU).

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have led Los Angeles offense. Trout is hitting .266/.377/.594 with 17 hits, six homers, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Ohtani is hitting .367/.424/.767 with 11 hits, three homers, 11 RBIs and five runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .306/.442/.629, Trout seemed to have a little trouble hitting lefties last season, putting up a slash line of .280/.443/.463 across 106 plate appearances.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The Angels have won 10 of their last 11 games SU while the Royals have lost six of their last seven SU.
  • The Los Angeles defense has allowed two errors over the last 10 games, compared to seven errors for Kansas City over its last 10.
  • The Angels have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Royals have hit four over their last 10.