MLB Picks: Back Royals & Kennedy In their Visit To Angel Stadium

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, April 25, 2016 3:29 PM GMT

West Coast will witness a clash between KC Royals and LA Angels. Records find Royals at 12-6 (4-3 on the road), while Angels are 8-11 (3-6 at home); check inside for the MLB pick.

The KC Royals travel to the West Coast, where they will face the LA Angels in the first game of a 3-game early week set. First pitch is set for 10:05 ET at Angel Stadium.

The winning selection is on the KC Royals, who are again playing like the World Series team of the last 2 seasons. The LA Angels look much less like the team, who won 183 games in the previous 2 seasons. This is borne out by the respective records, which finds the Royals at 12-6 (4-3 on the road), while the Angels are 8-11 (3-6 at home).

 

Los Angeles Angels (Richards) 
The Angels' struggles continued with a 1-2 weekend series on this field vs. Seattle. That means they are now on a 3-7 slide. Key reasons for the lack of success is an offense that is yet to get untracked.

In my article last week, which used the OPS as a measurement of success, we saw that the Angels were ranked 28th out of 30 MLB teams. Key factor in that ranking was a sub .600 batting OPS (combination of on-base percentage and slugging average).

Despite the fact that they have powerhouse offensive potential with the likes of Trout and Pujols, they did nothing to improve their fortunes, when they were able to plate just 10 runs in the recently completed weekend set.

In fact, the Angels have failed to score more than 4 runs in 9 of their last 10 games. It is doubtful that offense gets untracked against the slants of opposing pitcher Kennedy today.

 

Kansas City Royals (Kennedy)
For, Kennedy has been outstanding on the mound since joining the KC staff from San Diego last season. In last week's pitching article entitled "Using the OPS to Determine Pitcher Efficiency," we saw that Kennedy was strong across the board.

Entering tonight's action, Kennedy has a .514 OPS, a 0.90 WHIP, a .188 BAA and a 21/5 KBB. All this has happened in his first 3 starts, while working 20 IP with a 1.35 ERA. His consistent KBB ratio has seen him record more than 9 strikeouts per 9 IP in the last 2+ years.

Should he continue his stellar work this season, the Royals would be a good bet to return to the World Series. Certainly, they have proven in the last 2 years that their small ball style is geared to success. Nowhere has that played out to their advantage than on the road.

They are the only team in MLB to have posted a winning road record each of the last 3 seasons. That includes 91-71 on the road the last 2 years, along with their 4-3 start this year.

Our pitching mismatch is complete, as we look to go against the winless Richards, who has a 5.00 ERA in 3 recent winless starts against the Royals. I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the KC Royals tonight.

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Free MLB Pick:  KC Royals +116
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