Los Angeles Angels (98-64) at Kansas City Royals (89-73)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 5, 2014, 7:37 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals -135 / Los Angeles Angels +125 --- Over/Under: 7
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The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels contnue their ALDS at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Los Angeles Angels were the best team in baseball in 2014 as they stormed to the American League West title with their high scoring attack leading the way. The Angels have yet to display that offensive prowess with three runs scored in two games of the ALDS after Friday's 4-1 defeat to Kansas city left them staring at an 0-2 series deficit and on the brink of elimination. Matt Shoemaker was outstanding with an unearned run plated through six innings before Kevin Jepsen served up a two run homer and three runs overall in the 11th to take the loss. The Angels mustered six hits with Albert Pujols driving in Kole Calhoun with the lone run. Veteran left hander CJ Wilson will be on the bump versus the Kansas City Royals in game three of the ALDS. Wilson has been very good at times and very bad with a 13-10 record and 4.51 ERA.
The Kansas City Royals have gone from an impromptu Wild Card win to moving to within a victory of advancing to the ALDS after a 4-1, eleven inning decision over the Angels for a 2-0 series lead. The Royals pitching once again held the LAA offense in check with starter Yordano Ventura allowing the only run over five frames while four relievers held the West champs to one hit over the final four innings. Eric Hosmer swung the big bat with a two run homer in the 11th to cap off a 3-4 night that included a pair of runs. Alex Gordon recorded and RBI and run while Salvador Perez knocked in a run. James Shields makes his second start of the postseason when he faces the Los Angeles Angels. Shields did not get a decision in a 9-8 win over Oakland in the Wild Card with four runs scored in five frames.
James Shields has a chance to redeem himself after getting hit hard in the Wild Card and we'll see if he lives up to the title of 'Big Game'. Who knows what we'll see from Wilson who has been all over the map. I'll just back the team with some mojo right now...