Before tackling Sunday's MLB Odds, note the importance of each series. This one means a lot more to the Angels than the Royals, but Kansas City has been the better team this season.
Royals vs. Angles Betting Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels met in last year’s playoffs. The Royals are certain to be in this year’s playoffs, but the Angels are in the middle of two dogfights – one for the American League West with Houston, and one for the second wild card in the American League behind the Toronto Blue Jays, which have shot into the first spot but lost the American League East lead on Saturday to the New York Yankees. This series means a lot more to the Angels than the Royals, but Kansas City has been the better team this season. Which factor is going to mean more on Sunday night?
The two teams split the first two games of this four-game weekend series, with the Angels scoring four in the top of the ninth to win on Thursday, and the Royals bouncing back on Friday. Before that, however, the Angels fell apart in Chicago, getting swept by the White Sox and failing to score runs in key situations. The Angels’ offense has really been poor this season. Los Angeles entered Saturday night ranked 11th out of 15 teams in the American League in runs scored. This is with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the lineup. The Angels have too many black holes in their lineup, and this lack of production throughout the batting order is killing them. Current MLB odds list them as +115 underdogs. Unless or until the Angels get someone at the top of the order and in the bottom third of the order to help out Trout and also Kole Calhoun (Pujols has struggled for much of this season), they’re going to continue to have problems despite being in the top six in the American League in terms of team ERA.
Sunday's Pitching Matchup
With Hector Santiago on the mound, the Angels have a pitcher who has been very good for them overall, but has struggled in his last four outings. Santiago went through a five-game stretch from June 22 through July 20 in which he did not allow more than one run in any game. He went seven innings in three of those starts. In his last four starts, however, he has not pitched more than six innings, usually going only five, and he has allowed three to five runs in each of those starts. He currently sits at 2.87 for his ERA, with a 1.17 WHIP. He faced Kansas City earlier this season, but way back on April 10, giving up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. We’ll see if he’s adjusted.
Kansas City puts Yordano Ventura on the hill. Ventura has struggled this season, and he’s dealt with some injuries as part of his difficult season. In a series of four starts from July 20 through August 6, he gave up at least five runs in three of them. However, in his most recent start, he shut out Detroit in six innings, giving up just two hits but walking six. His ERA is 4.97 with a WHIP of 1.34.
What’s The Pick?
The Royals are simply a much better team, and with Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer both in the top five in American League batting average, they have the balanced lineup the Angels lack. That will be the deciding factor you must take into consideration when placing MLB picks for this game.
MLB Pick: Royals -135 at BetOnline