C.J. Wilson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (1-0, 1.50 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (2-3) and the Kansas City Royals (5-0) at Angel Stadium. The Royals won the last game 6-4, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and can be seen on FSN-KC and FSN-W.
Wilson is 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts against the Royals. Mike Trout (.389 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Against the Angels, Ventura is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Salvador Perez (.421 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Royals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -122 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels are the top team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 1.2 walks per game so far this season.
The Royals are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 9.0 hits per road game. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with seven stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 2.25 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Royals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.84 for the season. The Royals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.0 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Kansas City has won all of its games (2-0) when leading after 7 innings.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 1-1 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels and the Royals are both undefeated. Los Angeles has a 2-0 record in these situations while Kansas City is 5-0.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 14 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 31.
Ranking 27th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching eight this season. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 12th with 15.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 2-3. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 5-0 record.