Can Royals Pull Off the Upset Against MLB Betting favorites Angels?

Posted by Eric Williams on Thursday,April 12, 2018 5:31, EDT in

The Kansas City Royals have looked like a complete and utter mess over their first 10 games. The Los Angeles Angeles has been quite impressive since their opener while getting some eye-opening play from their two-way superstar import from Japan. Now, with the two teams heading in polar opposite directions, the only question surrounding their Thursday night matchup is whether the Royals can pull off the big upset at the MLB betting odds against an Angels team that’s favorite by -1.5.

Let’s find out right now.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Betting Preview

  • When: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:15 pm
  • Where: Kauffman Stadium)
  • TV: FSKC, FSW
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +125 / Los Angeles Angels -135 (Over/Under at 9)

Team Records

  • All: Los Angeles Angels 10-3 / Kansas City Royals 3-7
  • Home: Los Angeles Angels 4-2 / Kansas City Royals 1-4
  • Away: Los Angeles Angels 6-1 / Kansas City Royals 2-3
  • ATS: Los Angeles Angels 10-3 / Kansas City Royals 4-6
  • Over/Under: Los Angeles Angels 8-5 / Kansas City Royals 3-7

Cubs are Favorites at the MLB Odds for Thursday vs. Pirates

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Runs: Los Angeles Angels 4.20 / Kansas City Royals 3.70
  • Hits: Los Angeles Angels 8.80 / Kansas City Royals 7.60
  • Walks: Los Angeles Angels 3.00 / Kansas City Royals 2.30
  • Strike Outs: Los Angeles Angels 6.80 / Kansas City Royals 7.90

Why Bet on Los Angeles?

Why should you bet on the Halos in this matchup? Well, because they’re riding a couple of impressive streaks into this contest and just have been the better team since the start of the season. Los Angeles has won four straight overall and six in a row on the road after completing a three-game sweep in Texas with Wednesday’s 7-2 victory.

Superstar Shohei Ohtani starred again for the Angels. Ohtani had an RBI single in the second inning that put L.A. ahead to stay, but was picked off first base in the eighth by his former teammate in japan, Chris Martin.

“It wasn’t like really a funny moment or anything,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I’ve never seen him pick off that fast with the Fighters, so that surprised me, but something that I know for the next time I’m on base against him.”

The 23-year-old rookie two-way sensation put the Angels up 1-0 in the second with his opposite-field single and finished 1 for 3 with a walk.

In this contest, the Angels will be going with right-hander Nick Tropenao as he makes his regular season debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2016.

The Halos are ranked first in scoring (6.62 rpg), first in team batting average (.284), first in OPS, (.814) and first in home runs (20) while also ranking a solid ninth in team ERA (3.38).

Why Bet on Kansas City?

Why should you bet on the Royals in this matchup? There really isn’t any good reason to bet on the Royals unless you think that L.A. starter Nick Tropeano is going to be nervous in his first start in almost two years.

Kansas City has lost two straight and three of their last four games and come into this contest off a 4-2 loss to Seattle on Wednesday.

Despite playing at home, the Royals are the MLB Betting Odds underdog against the Angels.

“(James) Paxton did a great job of bearing down when we got runners in scoring position. We were 1-for-11,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Not real productive in that phase of our game today.”

The Royals are ranked an uninspiring 27th in scoring (3.10 rpg), 25th in team batting average (.222) and 29th in home runs with a paltry four. Kansas City is also ranked 19th in team ERA (4.12) and has really struggled out of the box this season.

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • LA Angels is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • LA Angels is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Kansas City is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City’s last 9 games

Expert Analysis and Score Prediction

This Thursday night series opener is a virtual no-brainer as I fully expect the Los Angeles Angels to win going away! The Halos are smacking the cover off the ball while the Royals are barely putting the ball in play in seems.

The Royals are just 2-5 in Ian Kennedy’s last seven home starts, 3-9 in their last 12 in game one of a series and 1-4 in Kennedy’s last five starts in game one of a series and have pretty much, no chance of winning this one at all!

Score: Los Angeles Angels 6 – Kansas City Royals 3