Yordano Ventura (7-7, 4.97 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (70-46) meet Hector Santiago (7-6, 2.87 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (60-56) in the last of a four-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 9-4 and Kansas City leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 16 and will air on ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Ventura pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out eight and walking six in a 6-1 victory over the Tigers. Eric Hosmer (.319, 72 Rs, 14 HRs, 70 RBIs, 5 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Angels were unsuccessful the last time Santiago pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox. Albert Pujols (.253, 64 Rs, 31 HRs, 67 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Kansas City, a -139 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Royals have a winning record of 39-22 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +2,042. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (6-2). The Royals are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 78 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. As for the pitching staff, the Royals are fifth in the AL in hits allowed with just 8.2 per game.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a weak win percentage of .378 when playing as the underdog (17-28) and an overall money line of -114. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-2 record and 4-6 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.9 runs per game, below their 4.1 season average. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 307 extra base hits. The Angels average just 7.1 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they allow just 2.6 walks per game, good for third in the AL.
The Royals have gotten the best of the Angels in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1. This game will feature Santiago (LHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 22-18 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Ventura will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 44-42 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
Los Angeles has won 63% (29-17) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 64% (29-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are heading in with a 5-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 10-37. The Angels have a 12-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 92 this season. Los Angeles ranks eighth with 124 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.25 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.14.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.701). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .733.
The Angels are 31-46 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 30-32 record.