Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (12-3) at Kansas City Royals (3-9)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
G Richards (1-0) (4.20) vs. Jake Junis (2-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +148 / Los Angeles Angels -163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals square off in game three of their four game MLB set from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to continue their hot start and push for the sweep on Sunday after winning 12 of their last 14 games, including a 5-4 victory in game two on Friday. Albert Pujols led the way with three RBIs, going 2 for 5 with a home run, while Ian Kinsler and Luis Valbuena each added an RBI to round out the scoring for the Halos in the win. Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 4 with a double and Zack Cozart went 3 for 4 at the dish, while Mike Trout and Justin Upton each added a base knock to finish off the offense for Los Angeles in the victory. Andrew Heaney went five innings, giving up all four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Blake Wood got the win to improve to 1-0, while Keynan Middleton notched his 3rd save of the season. Garrett Richards will start game three and is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Richards is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Kansas City.
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The Kansas City Royals will be looking to salvage a series split here after dropping the first two games of the set, pushing their losing skid to four games after the loss on Friday. Whit Merrifield, Paulo Orlando and Cam Gallagher each added an RBI for the Royals in the win, while Jorge Soler and Alcides Escobar each chipped in a double. Lucas Duda went 3 for 4 at the dish, while Mike Moustakas and Jon Jay both recorded a hit for KC in the losing effort. Jason Hammel went 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Justin Grimm took the loss and the blown save, falling to 0-2 this season with 2 blown saves. Jakob Junis will start game three and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. in his career, Junis is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 8-0 in their last 8 road games and 13-3 in their last 16 games overall while the over is 4-0 in Richards’ last 4 starts. Kansas City is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 in Junis’ last 5 starts while the over is 3-1-1 in Junis’ last 5 starts against the AL West. Los Angeles is 3-7 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with Junis at home is tempting considering he’s been rock solid to start the season, throwing back-to-back seven inning shutouts. However, there’s only so much that Junis can do, and if the offense fails to show up yet again, Junis going strong won’t mean anything. The Royals have scored just ten runs in their last four games, and those numbers won’t fly against a red hot Angels team that’s the highest scoring in the majors. The prices aren’t great, but you can’t go against the Angels until they start to cool off. Give me L.A. here.