Los Angeles Angels (41-37) at Kansas City Royals (23-54)
|Date & Time||Monday June 25, 2018, 4:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals +149 / Los Angeles Angels -159 --- Over/Under: 9
The Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals meet Monday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Los Angeles Angels could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Angels have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost nine of their last 12 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Mike Trout leads the Angels with 88 hits and 48 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols have combined for 147 hits and 76 RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA and 86 strikeouts this season. Skaggs is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could use a victory here after losing 11 of their last 12 games. The Royals have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 17 straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 79 hits and 23 RBI while Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler have combined for 134 hits and 76 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Junis is 0-2 with a 8.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League Central, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in Skaggs' last 5 starts. The Royals are 17-36 in their last 53 home games 9-24 in their last 33 during game 1 of a series and 0-6 in their last 6 Monday games. The Angels are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City.
I'm not trying to bet on either of these slumping teams, as the losses have been piling up for both sides and the pitching staffs have been getting crushed. In fact, that's the one constant between these teams, pitchers who can't get outs and keep crooked numbers off the board. Junis has allowed three or more runs in each of his last five starts and has given up seven homers in his last 16.2 innings of work. Give me the over.