Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles Angels -110 / Kansas City Royals +100 -- O/U: 9
FS-Kansas City, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to build some steam after a 5-1 series-opening win on Saturday night. Albert Pujols led the Angels by hitting a home run and adding two RBIs while Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run. Andrelton Simmons and Luis Rengifo each had a double and an RBI to round out Los Angeles’ scoring in the while David Fletcher, Mike Trout, Kevan Smith and Brian Goodwin each contributed a base hit as well in the victory. Tyler Skaggs got the win after throwing five shutout innings, allowing just three hits while walking three and striking out five. Jaime Barria will start game two and is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Barria’s first career start against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to turn things around after yet another defeat in the series opener on Friday. Adalberto Mondesi accounted for the lone RBI for the Royals in the loss while Whit Merrifield added a triple. Alex Gordon, Hunter Dozier, Chris Owings and Martin Maldonado each had a base hit as well as the Royals mustered up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Danny Duffy took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing three runs on five hits over five innings of work. Jorge Lopez will start game two and is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 3-14 in their last 17 road games and 7-0 in their last 7 games against the AL Central while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter. Kansas City is 0-6 in Lopez’s last 6 starts and 6-18 in their last 24 games overall while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 game two matchups. Los Angeles is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I’d like to give the Royals a chance to snap out of their funk at home, but the fact is that Kansas City has had no luck with Lopez on the mound, dropping all five of his starts this season, and Lopez has given up at least four runs in back-to-back starts. Barria has been up and down, but the Angels have the better lineup in my opinion that’s more capable of picking up Barria offensively. The Angels getting a low line doesn’t hurt either, so even on the road, I’ll lay the juice with the Angels in this spot.