Last Updated: 2019-05-19
Whit Merrifield and the slumping Kansas City Royals will be taking the field versus the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Fox Sports Kansas City is in line to broadcast this AL showdown and the first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET.
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels Odds
Los Angeles (getting -160 odds) is favored over Kansas City and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for playing the game’s total sit at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. There’s a runline of Royals +1.5 (-145) and Angels -1.5 (+125) for this matchup.
The Angels are 22-23 straight up (SU) and 27-17 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.5 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 11.2 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Royals have gone 15-31 SU this year and are 21-24 ATS. They’ve lost 10.3 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 8.8 units ATS. Kansas City has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.
Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 18-23-3 so far in 2019. The Royals have an over/under record of 24-19-2.
Danny Duffy is getting the nod for the visiting Royals. The left-handed Duffy is 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 18 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA against Los Angeles this year.
The Angels are sending lefty Tyler Skaggs (4-3, 5.05 ERA) to the mound. Skaggs has 33 punchouts and 13 walks to his name as well as a WHIP of 1.40. Skaggs is 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against Kansas City this year.
Los Angeles’ pitching staff has allowed 4.8 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. Its starters have a 5.74 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.9 K/9.
Los Angeles’ hitters have put up 4.9 runs per outing, including 5.8 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .347/.410/.506 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder David Fletcher have led the way for the Angels’ batters this year. Simmons is hitting .306/.332/.428 with three home runs, 21 RBIs, 22 runs and five stolen bases, while Fletcher’s line sits at .306/.346/.438 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
For the visiting squad, Kansas City’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.42 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.52 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.05, along with a WHIP of 1.48 and a K-per-9 of 8.65.
The Royals offense has slashed .244/.320/.415 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).
Second baseman Whit Merrifield and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi have led Kansas City’s hitters. Merrifield is slashing .295/.348/.516 with six home runs, 22 RBIs, 35 runs and seven stolen bases, while Mondesi is hitting .276/.313/.481 with five homers, 37 RBIs, 25 runs and 17 stolen bases.
The Royals have lost 4.0 units and are 6-6 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to six that’ve hit the under against lefties. On the other hand, the Angels have lost 8.0 units and are 7-8 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in five of those games, as opposed to 10 that’ve gone under.
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER
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The under has hit in four of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
The Royals have a team OPS of .735 this season, including an OPS of .684 when facing left-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS sits at .770 overall and .653 against southpaws.
The Royals have dropped six of their last seven games SU.
Los Angeles has recorded 27.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 29.6 over its last five.
The Royals have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 17 over their last 10.