Hector Santiago (6-9, 3.75 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (2-1) meet Jason Vargas (11-10, 3.71 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (3-0) in the first of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and will air on FSN-KC and FSN-W.
Santiago is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 11 walks against the Royals in his career. Johnny Giavotella (.444 ) continued his strong start to the season Wednesday, going 3 for 4. In his pitching opportunities against the Angels, Vargas is 5-4 with a 3.02 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 21 walks. Lorenzo Cain (.417 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs.
The Royals are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 8.5 runs per game so far. The top hitting team in the AL are the Royals, who average 13.5 hits per game. The Royals have racked up six steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 0.00 ERA on the road this season. They also allow just 0.0 hits per road game, good for tops in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Kansas City has won all of its games (2-0) when leading after 7 innings.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Los Angeles has hit three this season. Kansas City ranks second with five home runs.
Kansas City tops the league in hits with 13.50 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 6.33.
Ranking 16th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.589). Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .996.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 2-0. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 1-1 record.