Johnny Cueto (8-7, 2.53 ERA) gets the start for the Kansas City Royals (69-46) as they meet Matt Shoemaker (5-8, 4.36 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (60-55) in the third of a four-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 4-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on FS1.
In his last start, Cueto pitched 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out eight in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.318, 75 Rs, 12 HRs, 52 RBIs, 22 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. The Angels were unsuccessful to the White Sox 8-2 the last time Shoemaker pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs and striking out four. Mike Trout (.303, 79 Rs, 33 HRs, 71 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Angels, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Kansas City, a -179 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Royals have a winning record of 38-22 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,942. They are 6-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Don't expect the Kansas City hitters to swing wildly. They average an AL-low 5.8 strikeouts per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 8.2 hits allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Angels come into this game with a weak win percentage of .386 when playing as the underdog (17-27) and an overall money line of -14. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-1 record and 5-5 SU. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 303 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 second in the AL.
In their previous five games this season, the Royals have a 4-1 record. This game will feature Shoemaker (RHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 46-28 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Cueto will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 44-42 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the 12th time this season.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 21-35 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 10-37. The Angels have a 12-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 91 this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 122 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.26 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.17.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .730.
The Angels are 31-45 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 29-32 record.