Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels meet for game two of their series in Kansas City following an exciting game one. The Angels are -120 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Kansas City Royals got out big in a hurry on Monday against the Angels but they were unable to hold on and lost their third in a row and eighth in their last 10 games. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer both homered and had two hits and Wilson Betemit and Chris Getz both had two hits as Kansas City converted 11 hits into eight runs but they were unable to hold on when it mattered most.; Luke Hochevar allowed seven hits and four earned runs and he didn’t figure in the decision as his lead steadily eroded until Joakim Soria blew his fifth save and took his third loss of the season when he allowed four hits and three runs in the top of the ninth. Kansas City looks to regroup as they start Jeff Francis who finally got his first win of the season two games back. For the season Soria has allowed 82 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 37 in 67.2 innings of work.
The Los Angeles Angels never gave up on Monday and it paid off with a win that they needed to keep pace with the Rangers in the AL West. Ervin Santana was roughed up as he allowed seven hits and six runs while striking out five over six innings of work but it was Kevin Jepsen who got the win after allowing just a hit in 1.1 innings of work and Fernando Rodney who got his third save. For Tuesday’s game Los Angeles starts Joel Pinero who hasn’t won since May 10. For the season Pinero has allowed 44 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 18 in 40 innings of work.
Kansas City is 2-8 in their last 10 home games, 3-14 in their last 17 games overall, and 2-8 in Francis’ last 10 starts. Los Angeles is 12-4 in their last 16 games against the American League Central, 0-5 in their lst five game two of a series, and 1-4 in Pinero’s last five road starts.
I consider the over a strong play here. Take the over 8.5 runs in this ballgame.