Angels the MLB Pick over Royals in Game 2 ALDS

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 3, 2014 12:18 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 12:18 PM UTC

The Angels aren’t going to panic after dropping the first game of a best-of-five series under their longtime manager, which makes them the clear MLB pick in hosting the Royals Friday.

Riding a Wave of Momentum
The Kansas City Royals has demonstrated a flair for the dramatic in capturing a pair of extra-inning victories to open up the 2014 MLB postseason, including a 3-2 win over Los Angeles as +164 underdogs Thursday, while going under the betting total of 7.5.

The Royals received a major contribution from Mike Moustakas in the series opener, which is important to consider when making your betting picks in this matchup, as he grew up in the Southern California area.  He lifted the team to a victory by belting a home run in the top of the 11th inning.

MLB handicappers will find that this youthful squad has posted a 13-3 record in its last 16 games against American League West opponents.


Not Panicking
Los Angeles is now 19-14 all-time in home postseason games, but it’s not going to panic after last night’s result, as the franchise lost Game 1 in all three playoff series during its 2002 World Series run under longtime manager Mike Scioscia.

The Angels are capable of breaking out offensively after pacing the Majors in runs scored during the regular season, especially since they’ll face an opponent that may suffer a major letdown in this affair.

It’s also important to point out that tonight’s host win 24 or 33 contests against AL Central foes during the regular season.


Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20 ERA) didn’t fare too well in his first trip to the mound in postseason play, as he allowed two runs in recording just a single out in Kansas City’s 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics Tuesday.

The right-hander went 8-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 road games—issuing 40 free passes and striking out 73 batters in 87.2 combined frames.

Ventura was handed a 6-2 home loss by the Halos in his only career appearance against them on June 28, as he lasted just four innings and surrendered two runs on seven hits.


Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (16-4, 3.04 ERA) will make his first trip to the mound since Sept. 15, as he’s been dealing with a left oblique strain, but Scioscia seems confident enough that the rookie has moved past the injury.

The right-hander went 9-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 16 home outings (11 starts), with opposing hitters batting .232 against him (.254 on the road).

Shoemaker endured his worst start as a professional when taking on the Royals on June 27—giving up eight runs and 11 hits in just four innings of work.


I’m going to make the Angels one of my MLB picks in Game 2, as they’ve gone 43-17 in their last 60 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, while the Royals are 6-13 in their last 19 affairs with umpire Chris Guccione behind home plate.

Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels at Sports Interaction

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