The Kansas City Royals are fighting to get back to .500 after dropping their fourth straight game, while the Los Angeles Angels look to win a third straight and make a move in the American League West as the two teams wrap up their three-game mid-week series on Wednesday.
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Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – 9:38 PM ET at Fenway Park
The Kansas City Royals will look to salvage the final game of a three-game series in Los Angeles as the Angels have thus far spoiled K.C.’s first trip to the West Coast in two years. The Royals dropped the opener, 8-3 and fell behind early in the second game to lose their fourth straight and fall below .500 for the first time since May 30.
The Royals have already clinched just their second series loss in the last six and look to avoid getting swept for the first time since Detroit finished off a three-game skunking to extend the Royals’ early-May losing streak to 11.
The Angels, meanwhile, hope to continue stringing wins together. A win over Kansas City on Wednesday would be three straight victories for the Halos. They’ve won four of their last five and 10 of 15. They’re still a long way toward competing in the American League West, but a win could put them in third place in the division.
Signs of Offense
The Royals are showing signs of getting some hitting help in recent days. Kansas City scored 10 against Pittsburgh and 14 against Minnesota in the two series before heading to California. While they haven’t continued to plate large numbers of runs in Anaheim, some Royals batters appear to be stirring, which is a good sign.
Outfielder Andrew Benintendi went 0-for-4 in the series opener, snapping a string of five straight games with an RBI (and 11 RBI in those five games) and 10 straight starts with a base hit. Two slumping Royals helped make up for Benintendi’s o-fer. Hunter Dozier came through with his first three-hit game of the season, and Jorge Soler homered for the first time since May.
“They both are special hitters,” manager Mike Matheny said. “It’s just a matter of getting them into a place where they’re comfortable. Doz certainly took a great step in that direction. It was good to see the ball jump off of Jorge’s bat too.”
Whit Merrifield also extended his hitting streak to nine straight on Tuesday.
The Royals will close out the series by sending righthander Brad Keller to the mound. He’s 6-4 with a 5.50 ERA. He went five innings last time out, striking out five and has 35 K’s in 33.1innings, marking the first six-start stretch in his career where he struck out more than a batter per inning.
The Angels have been having success due to their offense. Even without Mike Trout, Los Angeles is just outside the top 10 in MLB in many key categories, and the Angels have scored five or more in their last four games.
Shohei Ohtani has been impressive against everyone this year, but he particularly seems to enjoy seeing Kansas City pitchers. He had a 119 mph exit velocity in the first series against the Royals this season and earlier in this series, he hit the longest home run of his career.
Jared Walsh is developing into another threat in the lineup. He has 14 home runs and a .921 OPS this year.
Justin Upton has also gotten hot in June, going 8-for-20, .400 over a six game stretch where he also added three home runs.
The Angels will need some better performances from the pitching staff in order to make a move in the West. That can start with Griffin Canning on Wednesday. Canning is 4-4, 5.82 this year and has struggled of late. He gave up four runs to Seattle in 3.1 innings in his last start and has an 8.74 ERA over his last three.
The Angels have the bigger names and are the hotter team, but the pitching matchup leans in favor of the Royals. For your MLB picks, look for Kansas City to continue to show signs of life at the plate and rough up Canning to salvage the final game.
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