The Royals are hoping to rebound after dropping a pair of games to the Twins over the weekend while the Angels are coming off of a loss to the Mariners. Let’s break this Monday night matchup down and keep cashing our MLB picks!
Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels
Monday, June 7, 2021 – 9:38 PM EDT at Angel Stadium
After cobbling together five consecutive wins, the Royals dropped their final two games at home to Minnesota before embarking on a seven-game West Coast road trip starting tonight in Anaheim.
Saturday Kansas City fell 5-4 followed by Sunday’s 2-1 setback in which Minnesota’s Miguel Sanó started the latest of his triple play heroics. Sanó has been involved in the Twins’ last four triple plays and this time the Royals fell victim in the bottom of the third.
Nicky Lopez bunted to the right side of the infield with Cam Gallagher on first and Jarrod Dyson on second but Sanó charged to catch the ball in midair and the others were easily picked off after that. Playing small ball didn’t work out for the Royals on that occasion but few do it better than Miguel Sanó.
"As soon as I saw the ball, I tried to catch the ball, I tried to make the play. I saw the runners running so I threw to second and we were able to turn it," Sanó said.
“Triple plays normally don’t fare too well especially in close games,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “It was the right idea, but unfortunately we just did not have the right execution.” Andrew Benintendi singled in the only run of the game for KC while their pitching did yeoman’s work in limiting the Twins to only a pair of runs. Unfortunately, the Royals were held to only one run off of six hits.
Angels Split with Mariners
Los Angeles sandwiched a pair of wins around a pair of losses in their four-game split with Seattle. On Thursday, LA opened with a 6-2 loss to the Mariners but then struck for a 3-2 win the following day and on Saturday claimed a 12-5 victory in which Shohei Ohtani homered in the opening frame and doubled in a run in the eighth.
However, the M’s would get even in Sunday’s finale when rookie starter, Logan Gilbert, got the first W of his MLB career when he went five full innings and allowed only one run on two hits in Seattle’s 9-5 win.
On the flip side, Angels’ starter, Patrick Sandoval, was able to get the Mariners to swing and miss, earning 10 strikeouts throughout his six innings of work, but yielded three earned runs and the tough-luck hurler has now gone 19 consecutive starts without a win registered to his record.
"They have a lot of left-handed hitters and their team has a tendency to strike out. His fastball command and changeup was good," Angels manager Joe Maddon said.
Wanna Make a Bet?
Monday night’s matchup will see Kansas City’s Jackson Kowar making his major league debut but if his work this season in Triple-A Omaha is any indication then we should see a rising star in the making. Over his six starts, he has crafted a 0.85 ERA in 31 plus innings of work and has struck out nearly34 percent of the batters he has faced.
He will be opposed by veteran Dylan Bundy (0-6, 6.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) who last worked 5.2 innings of four-run, five-hit ball in what resulted in a 6-1 loss to the Giants. Bundy faced the Royals earlier this season and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over seven innings of a 3-2 loss to Kansas City.
The MLB odds are giving the Angels far too much credit here. LA is under .500 at home while the Royals are a middling 13-13 on the highway and also took two of three from LA in that three-game series back in April. And what about Dylan Bundy, a pitcher with a 6 ½ ERA, makes you believe he’s worthy of laying -155?
I realize it can be daunting to back a rookie in his MLB debut but it didn’t stop Seattle’s Logan Gilbert from beating the Halos and KC’s Jackson Kowar comes with some serious pedigree as the 33rd overall pick of the 2018 draft. Let’s grab the juice and back the road pup here!
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.