MLB Picks And Parlays: Suddenly Hot Kansas City and Los Angeles Meet Up on the West Coast
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
After an atrocious start to their season, Kansas City Royals seems to be on the right track to respectability and perhaps even getting into contention for that second wildcard spot. They are 20-14 heading into their series with the Los Angeles Angels, after starting the year 10-20.
They also hosted red-hot Houston earlier this month and split a four-game set. Then they’ve followed that up by taking four of five in San Diego and San Francisco.
The offense struggled to produce runs for the first two months of the season, but they are up to 6.17 RPG in June. Offense is up across the AL this month as evidenced by the Royals 4.04 team ERA being third best in the league on their way to an 8-4 record.
Los Angeles was supposed to be lost without Mike Trout, their best player by a long shot, sidelined for the next few weeks. But it seems to have had a rallying effect with the Angels posting a 9-7 record since he went down. The offense has been surprisingly good, scoring 5.15 RPG in June and the pitching staff is second with a 4.00 ERA.
They lost their first game of a three-game set to the red-hot Yankees earlier this week, but then rebounded with two straight wins to close out that series.
Ian Kennedy (0-6, 5.40 ERA) had a 3.68 ERA last year, his first in Kansas City. This year he’s still looking for his first win of the season and has really struggled ever since the calendar turned to May. He posted an 11.30 ERA in four May starts and has been marginally better in June with a 6.55 ERA in two starts. He also has a 6.12 ERA in five starts away from Kauffman Stadium. Last time out he allowed four runs in six innings to the Padres, but Kansas City went on to win 12-6.
Jesse Chavez (5-6, 5.06 ERA) gets the start for the Angels. He was hit hard by the Astros last time out, giving up six runs in 3.2 innings. But the Angels went on to win that game 12-6. He’d allowed three runs in 12.2 innings in his previous two starts, both Angels wins. In fact Los Angeles has won five of his last six starts. He has a 4.10 ERA in seven appearances and six home starts this year.
- Kansas City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
- LA Angels is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
- LA Angels is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- LA Angels is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Cash It In: The Angels are -120 favorites and the Royals are +100 underdogs. These are two team that have been better swinging the bat lately, but Chavez has been much better than Kennedy. Still Kennedy’s luck is bound to change eventually and no doubt his teammates will be pressing to get him that first win of the season. Royals 5-4.