While it is only a month into a long long season, it seems like both the LA Angels and KC Royals are in for a season with few wins. Both are in the cellar of their divisions, so both need to start winning games to get back on track. After the Angels took the first game of this three-game set, the Royals are looking to bounce back and win game two at home.
Money Line – KC Royals +104, LA Angels -114
Run Line – KC Royals +1.5 (-170), LA Angels -1.5 (+150)
Over/Under – 9.5 (O -104, U -116)
First Pitch – 6:15 p.m. Central Time. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Los Angeles Angels
So, this team isn’t very good. I told you all to bet against them earlier this week, and I was right in doing so. But this game is different because they are playing a much worse team than them. On the mound, 22-year-old Jamie Barria is making his second start on the season. He has appeared in two relief appearances as well. While Barria’s sample size is small, he has only pitched 12.2 innings this season, he has looked good for a pitcher so young. The six earned runs aren’t great, but he has only given up one homerun and two walks. He is also throwing heat as he has struck out nine batters on the season. The Royals are the perfect team to throw this youngling out for, because they suck.
Not much has changed batting wise for the Angels since I last talked about. By nothing changed I mean that they are still the definition of meh. The best way to describe the Angels hitting is that it is like winning free tickets to a concert, but it turns out the tickets are for a Limp Bizkit cover band. Mike Trout is still Mike Trout, and Brian Goodwin is playing well hitting a team-best .333. One question though, how has Trout walked 27 times in 23 games? Are teams really that scared to pitch to him, or is it that they know the Angels have no other people that can hit the ball besides Trout?
Kansas City Royals
The AL Central is the worst division in baseball. The Royals are in last place in the AL Central. Therefore, the Royals are one of the worst teams in baseball. I would say worst, but the Marlins still play baseball. When 35-year-old Alex Gordon has the most RBI’s on your team then the panic button needs to be pushed. Poor Whit Merrifield deserves better than this. Lucky for the Royals, and anyone watching the game, one of the Royals best starters is on the mound, Jorge Lopez. Averaging six innings per outing, Lopez is throwing an alright 4.50 ERA. Lopez is best at not letting runners on base for free as he has only walked nine batters this season. There are not many going to be many bright spots on this team this year, so Royals fans enjoy them when you can, and dream it is 2015 again.
Analysis and Prediction
Since it is required to pick a winner in this game, I am going to take the Royals on the money line at +104. Yes, I know I just got done ripping the Royals to shreds, but the Angels are a terrible team as well. When the Angels are on the road, they are hitting a gross .193 as a team. When two terrible teams play, I always tend to lean towards the home team.