Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals - 10/5/14 2014 ALDS Pick, Odds, Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (98-64) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C.J. Wilson (L) (13-10) (4.508) vs. James Shields (R) (14-8) (3.297)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Los Angeles Angels --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals will look to sweep the Los Angeles Angels Sunday in the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium.
Despite an elite lineup, the Los Angeles Angels have to be concerned with the fact they’ve scored two or less runs in four straight games and three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. In the game 2 loss, the Angels produced just six hits, struck out seven times and left four runners on base. The dangerous batting lineup was the Angels calling card all season long and it’s simply not producing at the level needed to win this time of year. Mike Trout doesn’t have a hit in his last four games and Albert Pujols is hitless in six of his last nine games. The only thing keeping the Los Angeles Angels in games right now is a pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in 14 of their last 22 games. Taking the mound Sunday will be C.J. Wilson, who is 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA and has 151 strikeouts in 175.2 innings. In the postseason, Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
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The Kansas City Royals are getting the job done with terrific pitching and defense. The Royals have allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 16 games and have allowed just 10 hits in this series. Defensively, the Royals have turned incredible double plays and made a handful of circus catches in the outfield to save runs in both matchups. And while the concern for the Royals heading into this series was a lack of run support, they’ve actually scored four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Eric Hosmer has six hits and three RBIs in the postseason and Terrance Gore has stolen a base in three straight games. Taking the mound for the Royals is James Shields, who is 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and has 180 strikeouts in 227 innings. Shields pitched in the wild card game against the Oakland Athletics, and allowed four earned runs in five innings and struck out six batters.
The Angels are 10-4 in their last 14 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 playoff road games and 2-11 in Wilsons last 13 road starts. The Royals are 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day, 8-1 in Shields' last 9 starts vs. American League West and 40-18 in Shields' last 58 starts overall. The Angels are 38-17 in the last 55 meetings in Kansas City.
It seems like the smart money would be on the Angels and the plus money. However, the Royals seem to be a team of destiny at the moment and can't find a way to lose even if they tried. With the Royals returning home to the crazy house, I think KC takes this in a sweep.