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Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Angel Stadium
Anaheim, California
The Line
The Line: Kansas City Royals +155 / Los Angeles Angels -168 -- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
FSKC, FSW, FS1
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The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.

The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Royals have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals have lost each of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 54 hits and 20 RBI while Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier have combined for 94 hits and 60 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 5.77 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Junis is 0-2 with a 8.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Angels have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won 12 of their last 15 games when scoring four or more runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 54 hits and 21 RBI while David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin have combined for 83 hits and 31 RBI. Griffin Canning gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Canning’s first career game against the Royals.

The Royals are 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games, 20-52 in their last 72 road games and 1-4 in Junis' last 5 road starts. The Angels are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. American League Central, 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games and 2-7 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series. The Royals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Angels last 8 home games. The over is 8-3-1 in Junis' last 12 starts overall.

The Kansas City Royals have given us little reason to get behind them during this massive losing stretch, and now they throw out a pitcher in Junis who has allowed 31 earned runs in 48.1 innings and is giving up a .287 batting average. Junis has allowed three or more runs in seven of his nine starts and has walked seven in his last 9.2 innings. Canning has had his issues as well, but he's also somebody who is just getting his feet wet at the MLB level and pitching at home should help. The Los Angeles Angels are just the better team here from top to bottom and should be able to capitalize off of the Royals misery. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Angels -168

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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