The KANSAS CITY and the LA ANGELS will both be gunning for a victory on 5/17/2019 at 10:07 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
KANSAS CITY vs LA ANGELS
GAME: Kansas City Royals (15-29) at Los Angeles Angels (20-23)
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 17 – 10:07 PM EST
WHERE: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
|925||KANSAS CITY||9.5 (-150)
TV: 10:07 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, FS West (Los Angeles)
PREDICTION: Angels 5, Royals 2
Oddsmakers currently have the LA ANGELS listed as -135 point favorites versus the KANSAS CITY, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.5.
The Los Angeles Angels began their nine-game road trip with a flourish, scoring 36 runs to win four of the first five contests before surrendering 21 to lose three of their last four. The Angels look to regain their footing on Friday when they begin a nine-game homestand with the opener of a three-game series versus the Kansas City Royals, who are an American League-worst 5-14 on the road.
Los Angeles erupted for a season-high 18 hits in Wednesday’s 8-7 setback in Minnesota, although the club was done in by going 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and leaving 14 runners on base. Tommy La Stella collected four hits in that contest and is batting .367 in his last 20 games, including a 2-for-3 performance with a two-run single in the fourth inning of a 9-4 loss to at Kansas City on April 27. The Royals fell for the ninth time in 13 contests on Thursday afternoon, when they surrendered five homers in a 16-1 shellacking by Texas. Top prospect Nicky Lopez collected two hits and improved to 5-for-11 with three doubles and two runs scored in three games since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Brad Keller (2-4, 4.47 ERA) vs. Angels RH Matt Harvey (1-3, 6.69)
Keller fell to 0-3 in his last four starts after allowing a season-high six runs on five hits in five innings of a 7-0 setback versus Philadelphia on Saturday. The 23-year-old has struggled with his command throughout 2019, issuing four walks in that contest to boost that total to a team-high 32 in nine outings while also hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch in five-plus innings. Keller will attempt to end a string of eight straight starts with at least three walks on Friday when he faces Los Angeles, against which he is 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in three career appearances (two starts).
Harvey recorded his lone win of the season on April 28 versus Kansas City, against which he allowed one run on two hits in seven strong innings of a 7-3 victory. The 30-year-old has answered that outing by failing to get past the fifth in two straight trips to the mound, including a no-decision at Baltimore on Saturday. Harvey is just 0-2 with a bloated 9.95 ERA at home while allowing the opposition to belt five homers and bat .321 against him.
1. Kansas City 3B Hunter Dozier went 6-for-12 with two triples and five RBIs in the previous series with Los Angeles.
2. Angels OF Mike Trout went 4-for-13 with three runs scored in the previous set versus the Royals.
3. Kansas City 2B Adalberto Mondesi has five hits and three RBIs in his last three games.
PREDICTION: Angels 5, Royals 2