The Los Angeles Angels (44-34) and Kansas City Royals (41-38) will continue an American League series Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles had its six-game winning streak snapped Friday night, as it suffered a 8-6 defeat to Kansas City as +112 underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair. Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the main player for MLB handicappers to watch, considering he’s batting .391 with 10 home runs in his last 30 games played, while he’s a .364 career hitter versus the Royals. Los Angeles is 6-8 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 12-2 in that situation.
Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago (0-7, 4.41 ERA) will throw for just the second time in 13 days, as he recorded a single out in a relief against the Texas Rangers last Sunday. The left-hander is 0-4 with a 5.31 ERA in five road appearances (four starts), with opposing hitters batting .228 against him (.252 at home). In three career outings versus the Royals, Santiago has compiled a 1-0 record and 1.45 ERA—all coming during his time as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City is 2-6 in its last eight games, with no edge in regards to the betting total (4-4 Over/Under) in that span. The Royals have been very pleased with the production outfielder Jarrod Dyson has given them offensively in recent days, as he’s hitting .349 with six RBIs in his last 12 games played. It’s important to point out that Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez are a combined 3 for 31 at the plate versus Santiago. Kansas City is 21-7 at home with a money line of -100 to -150 during the 2014 campaign.
Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (5-6, 3.20 ERA) had his personal three game win streak snapped in a 2-1 home defeat to the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he surrendered two runs and six hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 2-5 with a 3.60 ERA in nine home efforts, with opposing hitters batting .255 against him. Ventura ranks second among rookie starters in ERA and fifth with 73 strikeouts.
Sports bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 26-9 record when playing with a betting total of 8 to 8.5.