Kansas Royals Look for Third Straight Over the Angels
The Kansas City Royals are playing as if they will repeat last year’s trip to the World Series. The Royals currently hold the second best record in baseball and are 12 games in front of the second place Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.
On Sunday, the Royals host the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth and final game of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Odds makers have Kansas City favored in this game at -127 with Los Angeles at +117 and the over/under run total sits at 8.
Entering this game, the Angels season record is 60-56 overall and 24-33 on the road. Los Angeles has won just 4 of its past 10 games played.
Kansas City is 70-46 on the season and 41-20 at home. The team has won 7 of its past 10 games overall.
Over its past 9 games, the Royals have combined for 48 runs winning 7 of the 9. The Royals end their 10-game home stand on Sunday versus the Angels.
Eric Hosmer, the first baseman for Kansas City, has at least one RBI in nine straight games, which is the longest streak currently active in baseball. Since the All-Star break, Hosmer leads the majors in batting average with .395 and in runs scored with 27.
The starting pitcher for Los Angeles is Hector Santiago. The Angels southpaw is 7-6 with a 2.87 ERA. Opposing him for the Royals will be Yordano Ventura. The Kansas City right-hander is 7-7 with a 4.97 ERA.
Erick Aybar the starting shortstop for Los Angeles has missed the past three games but could play on Sunday after taking some infield on Saturday prior to the game.
Albert Pujols hit his 31st home run of the season on Saturday, but it was his first in the past 14 games. Kansas City has won 18 of its past 23 home games and leads the American League with 41 wins at home.
Kansas City is 4-1 over its past 5 games versus the Angels played at home. The Royals are 9-1 over the past 10 games versus the Angels overall.
The OVER has cashed in 4 of the last 5 times the two teams and 4 of the last 5 times between the two teams played at Kauffman Stadium.
The play here is the Royals.