A pair of teams from the American League finish up an early week set in the Show Me State with a mid-week matinee. The Los Angeles Angels are on the road as they close out a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon. In the opening game of the set Monday night, it was the Angels earning a one-sided 10-3 victory to ensure a shot at a series win regardless of what takes place Tuesday night. The middle game of the set saw Dylan Bundy take the ball for the Angels against the Royals’ Danny Duffy. First pitch from Kauffman Stadium was slated for 8:10 pm ET for that contest.
Los Angeles Angels Seek to Leave Town on Positive NoteLos Angeles won the opener of this set convincingly as they now look to leave town with another win in their pocket before heading home. The Angels entered Tuesday’s action leading the AL West by one game over the Astros. In Monday’s contest, Los Angeles got three hits from Shohei Ohtani (two runs, three RBI) while Albert Pujols (run), David Fletcher (run) and Jose Iglesias (run) each had two hits. Mike Trout cranked his fourth homer of the season in the victory. That was enough for Alex Cobb (1-0) to earn the win on the mound. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts before exiting.
There's fast, and then there's "hardest-hit-ball-in-MLB-this-season" fast.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 13, 2021
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Griffin Canning is in line to take the ball for his second start of the year for the Angels in this contest. He comes in with no record, a 6.75 ERA, a 7.50 ERA, one walk and seven strikeouts on the year. Canning didn’t factor in the decision in his season debut, which came Thursday on the road against the Blue Jays. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a game the Angels eventually won 7-5 in 11 innings. Canning beat the Royals in his lone start against them, which came at home on May 18, 2019. He threw seven scoreless frames, allowing three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a 6-3 Angels victory. Canning, in his 31st major league appearance and 30th career start, pitches at Kauffman Stadium for the first time in this contest.
Kansas City Royals Hoping to Get Going in Positive DirectionKansas City hung around for a while but ended up getting dusted in the late innings to turn Monday’s game into a blowout loss. The Royals entered Tuesday tied for third in the AL Central, half a game behind the Twins and Indians for the top spot in the division. On Monday night, Salvador Perez (run, RBI) had four hits while the rest of the team went a combined three for 30. Jorge Soler drove in the other two runs for Kansas City in a losing effort. Brady Singer (0-2) took the loss on the mound as he surrendered four runs (one earned) on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts over five innings. The bullpen surrendered six runs over the final three innings to put the game out of reach.
Brad Keller is on the mound for the Royals here as he makes his third start still looking to get on track. He comes in 0-1 with a 19.29 ERA, a 4.286 WHIP, five walks and three strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work this year. Keller took the loss in his last start, which came against the White Sox on the road Thursday. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in a 6-0 Kansas City defeat. Keller makes his fifth career appearance and fourth start against the Angels in this contest. He is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.389 WHIP, nine walks and 14 strikeouts over 18 innings of work against them. Keller is 13-7 with a 3.20 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 61 walks and 125 strikeouts over 171.1 innings in 37 career appearances, 27 starts, at Kauffman Stadium.
The top trends in this contest are:
- Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- Angels are 4-0 in Canning's last 4 starts vs. American League Central teams
- Royals are 1-5 in Keller's last 6 starts vs. American League West teams
- Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Angels have been a pleasant surprise in the first couple of weeks this season and they hope to maintain that momentum. Canning wasn’t great in his first start of the year but the Angels did get the win in his outing. Keller has been brutal in his first two starts, as 15 of the 32 hitters he’s faced have gotten hits while five others have drawn free passes. He has a FIP ERA of 10.64, which, even being eight-plus runs better than his actual mark, shows how poorly he’s pitched in the early going. Until he turns in a couple of solid starts, you can’t have much faith in Keller at this point. Look for the Angels’ bats to drive the win here to leave town with a series triumph.
Full-Game Total Pick
Los Angeles entered Tuesday having seen the over hit in six of their first 10 games. The Angels are fourth in the majors in scoring as they put up 5.80 runs per game so far this season. Pitching has been a bit of an issue as the team is tied for 27th by allowing 5.60 runs per contest, giving them an average total of 11.40 runs a game. Kansas City has seen the under go 4-3-1 in their eight contests heading into Tuesday’s middle game of the set. The Royals have been decent offensively, ranking eighth by putting five runs a night on the board. Kansas City stands tied for 23rd in run prevention by allowing 5.50 runs a night, giving them an average total of 10.50 runs per game. We’ve seen Keller sputter twice and Monday’s opener produced 13 runs. Look for the over here.