Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (60-56) at Kansas City Royals (70-46)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
H Santiago (7-6) (2.87) vs. Y Ventura (7-7) (4.97)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -139 / Los Angeles Angels +129 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels close out their MLB series on Sunday on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
The Kansas City Royals continued their stellar play winning easily over the Angels on Saturday. Salvador Perez hit a home run and Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales, and Mike Moustakas each had two hits as the Royals scored nine runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto allowed eight hits and a run while striking out four over 8.0 innings to get the win to move his record to 2-1 since moving to KC. For Sunday’s game the Royals start Yordano Ventura who has allowed 100 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 83 over 101.1 innings for a 7-7 record and a 4.97 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Angels still hold the second Wildcard spot in the American League but their lead over the Orioles is down to a half of a game after losing on Saturday. Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron each hit home runs and Johnny Goavotella had three hits as the Angels scored four runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker allowed seven hits and six runs while lasting just 1.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 5-9 for the season. For Sunday’s game the Angels start Hector Santiago who has allowed 116 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 126 over 134.2 innings for a 7-6 record and a 2.87 ERA.
Kansas City is 5-1 in their last six game four of a series, 7-2 in their last nine games, and 12-5 in Ventura’s last 17 home starts. Los Angeles is 16-37 in their last 53 games as a road underdog, 3-10 against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Santiago’s last five starts as a road underdog. Los Angeles is 1-9 in their last 10 games against Kansas City.
With the total set at 8.0 the over is a strong play here and that is my free pick.