Expert MLB Betting Pick on LA Angels vs Kansas City Royals

Posted by Alex Murphy on August 15, 2015 in

In MLB betting, frustration can very often lead to panic when results are not going your way. This tends to happen to teams in the latter stages of the season when every single game takes on a whole new level of importance. This is where the LA Angels are right now, as their poor run of recent form is making their Wild Card spot a little shaky. They have a tough series ahead of them this weekend, as they are in Kansas City for a 4-game set that comes to a close on Sunday afternoon.

Expert MLB Betting Pick on LA Angels vs Kansas City Royals

Date: Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Time: 6:10PM
Venue: Kauffman Stadium

It has to be particularly frustrating for the Angels (60-54) given that they are only 1.5 games back of the Houston Astros in the West, but still cannot make up any ground despite the fact that Houston are not playing particularly well right now. The Angels are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, and have seen their lead in the Wild Card shrink down to just 2 games.

They did rebound nicely from their sweep at the hand of the Chicago White Sox to take the first game in this series, but they also must be aware that taking all 4 games against one of the best teams in baseball is a pretty tall order. If they are to hold onto that spot or take over the division lead, they are going to need much more out of their offense. Matt Shoemaker (5-8, 4.36 ERA) will get the start for the Angels, who have lost the last three games he has started.

You know your team is good when a 2-game losing streak is considered strange. That is what is happening to the Kansas City Royals (68-46), as they have lost back to back games. As if that wasn’t strange enough, both losses came at home, where the Royals have been a totally dominant 39-20 this season. That record suggests that this is a losing run that is not likely to continue, which is not good news for the Angels. If the Royals want to take a little look at how their current season matches their historical record, they need only look at the fact that they are on pace for 97 wins this season, which would come close to matching the 1980 team that went to the World Series. Newcomer Johnny Cueto (8-7, 2.53 ERA) will get his 4th start for the Royals since coming over from Cincinnati.

Key Betting Trends

Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games
Kansas City is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City’s last 12 games at home
LA Angels is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
LA Angels is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of LA Angels’s last 19 games on the road
LA Angels is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

This looks like a bit of a pitching mismatch, with Cueto being far and away the better of the two men on the mound. That may well be enough to swing things in the favor of the Royals.