Kansas City Royals (3-0) at Los Angeles Angels (2-1)
|Date & Time||Friday April 10, 2015, 10:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -147 / Kansas City Royals +137 --- Over/Under: 7.5
FS-Kansas City, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals face off on Friday at the Big A in game one of their MLB series of playoff teams from last season.
The Los Angeles Angels are off to a 2-1 start after beating the Mariners the past two games in Seattle. The Angels are in first place in the AL West outscoring Seattle 8-7. As a team the Angels are hitting .200 with Johnny Giavotella is hitting .444, Erick Aybar is hitting .300, and Mike Trout is hitting .273. For game one against the Royals the Angels start Hector Santiago who went 6-9 with a 3.75 ERA last season striking out 108 over 127.1 innings.
The Kansas City Royals are off to a 3-0 start after sweeping the White Sox in Kansas City in heir opening series. The Royals are tied for first place in the AL Central with the Tigers and they outscored Chicago 21-7 in their three games. As a team the Royals are hitting .380 with Alcides Escobar hitting .500, Salvador Perez hitting .455, and Lorenzo Cain and Alex Rios each hitting .417. The Royals start lefty Jason Vargas who was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA last season striking out 128 over 187 innings.
Los Angeles is 19-7 against a left-handed starter, 2-7 in their last nine games, 35-16 as a home favorite, and 3-7 in Santiago’s last 10 starts as a home favorite. Kansas City is 8-1 as a road underdog, 6-2 in their last eight road games, 55-27 in their last 82 games, and 2-5 in Vargas’ last seven starts. Kansas City has won the last four meetings against the Angels.
I like the way LA looked against Seattle but not ready to go against the Royals with Santiago pitching as I don’t see him slowing the KC bats.