Garrett Richards (0-3, 3.00 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (2-1, 1.35 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (8-11) and the Kansas City Royals (12-6) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on FSKC and FSW.
Richards pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two, striking out six and walking four in a 2-1 defeat to the White Sox. Mike Trout (.299, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Kennedy went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Tigers in his last outing. Eric Hosmer (.314, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Los Angeles and Kansas City are Los Angeles -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Angels, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 7.1.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the second time this season.
The Angels managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are coming in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 1-10. The Royals have a 2-4 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 13 this season. Kansas City ranks 16th with 18 home runs.
Ranking 30th, Los Angeles is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.05 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 with 8.83.
Ranking 30th, Los Angeles is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.609). Kansas City ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .727.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 7-4. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 6-9 record.