Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals 6/17/2023) – The Los Angeles Angels are gearing up for an intense clash as they face off against the Kansas City Royals in the second game of their three-game series on the road. Fresh off a solid 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers, the Angels have improved their season record to an impressive 39-32. Saturday afternoon will witness the Angels taking on the Royals in what promises to be a pivotal showdown. The Los Angeles Angels will win the game on Saturday, per the latest MLB betting predictions.
Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals 6/17/2023
|When:||Saturday, June 17, 4:10 PM EDT|
|Where:||Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium|
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Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels come into this game with a solid 39-32 record after securing a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Their impressive performance allowed them to win three out of four games against the AL West-leading Rangers, solidifying their position as a formidable contender in the division. Currently sitting in third place in the AL West, they trail the Rangers by 4 ½ games.
At the forefront of the Angels’ offensive prowess is designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, who continues to dazzle with his remarkable skills. Ohtani boasts an impressive batting average of .301 and leads the team in multiple categories, including home runs (22), RBIs (54), hits (80), and on-base percentage (.382). His exceptional contributions have been instrumental in driving the Angels’ offensive power. With a team batting average of .255 and a slugging percentage of .433, the Angels have demonstrated their ability to produce runs consistently.
Griffin Canning is to start for the Angels.
The talented right-hander Griffin Canning takes the mound for the Angels on Saturday. Canning holds a season record of 5-2, accompanied by a 4.56 ERA and 50 strikeouts. He has shown his ability to command the game and perform strongly on the mound. Against the Royals, Canning has a good track record, with a 2-1 record, a stellar 1.45 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in his career matchups against them.
LA’s ability to generate runs has translated into success, as they have secured seven consecutive wins when scoring four or more runs. Ohtani continues to lead the charge with 80 hits and 54 RBIs, while Gio Urshela and Mike Trout have made significant contributions with a combined total of 126 hits and 61 RBIs.
Players to watch: Shohei Ohtani SP (GP 69, AB 266, R 46, H 80, 2B 13, 3B 3, HR 22, RBI 54, TB 165, BB 35, SO 66, SB 10, AVG 0.301, OBP 0.382, SLG 0.62, OPS 1.002, WAR 2.7, Mike Trout CF (GP 66, AB 250, R 42, H 62, 2B 11, 3B 0, HR 14, RBI 37, TB 115, BB 36, SO 81, SB 1, AVG 0.248, OBP 0.354, SLG 0.46, OPS 0.814, WAR 2
Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals find themselves in a challenging position as they face off against the Los Angeles Angels in the second game of a three-game series. With a disappointing 18-50 record, the Royals are enduring a rough patch both at the plate and on the mound. They rank second to last in runs scored and team ERA, highlighting their significant struggles this season.
The Royals’ woes were further compounded by a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, extending their losing streak to nine games and resulting in a sweep in their last three series. As the last-place team in the American League Central, they are 16 ½ games behind the division-leading Minnesota Twins.
Catcher Salvador Perez has been a bright spot for the struggling Royals, leading the team in multiple categories. Perez boasts a solid batting average of .274 and has contributed 14 home runs and 37 RBIs. Meanwhile, first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino holds the top spot in on-base percentage with .324, and shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. leads the team in hits with 67. Despite their efforts, the Royals’ collective offensive struggles have hindered their ability to generate consistent runs.
The Royals continue with their struggle.
In their last three games, the Royals have scored eight runs, but they have struggled to produce three or fewer runs in six of their last nine games. This inability to generate offense has proven costly, as the Royals have suffered six consecutive losses when scoring three or fewer runs. While Witt Jr., Perez, and Pasquantino have contributed significantly to the team’s offensive output with a combined total of 123 hits and 63 RBIs, the Royals still face an uphill battle to turn their fortunes around.
The starting pitcher for the Royals in Saturday’s game against the Angels is yet to be announced, leaving room for speculation about who will take the mound. Kansas City’s pitching staff, like their offense, has faced its fair share of struggles, making it crucial for the team to find consistency and stability on both fronts.
Players to watch: Bobby Witt Jr. SS (GP 67, AB 275, R 40, H 67, 2B 9, 3B 4, HR 11, RBI 31, TB 117, BB 14, SO 60, SB 21, AVG 0.244, OBP 0.282, SLG 0.425, OPS 0.707, WAR 0.8, Salvador Perez C (GP 62, AB 241, R 32, H 66, 2B 14, 3B 0, HR 14, RBI 37, TB 122, BB 8, SO 57, SB 0, AVG 0.274, OBP 0.31, SLG 0.506, OPS 0.816, WAR 0.8
Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals Betting Numbers
Los Angeles Angels
LA Angels are 5-1 SU in their last six games.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Angels’ last 11 games played on a Saturday.
LA Angels are 5-1 SU in their last six games against Kansas City.
LA Angels are 4-1 SU in their last five games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Angels’ last six games when playing on the road against Kansas City.
LA Angels are 4-1 SU in their last five games against an opponent in the American League.
Kansas City Royals
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kansas City’s last 17 games.
Kansas City are 0-10 SU in their last ten games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City’s last eight games against LA Angels.
Kansas City are 1-6 SU in their last seven games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last six games when playing at home against LA Angels.
Kansas City are 0-5 SU in their last five games against an opponent in the American League.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last five games against an American League West Division opponent.
Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals Betting Picks
As the Los Angeles Angels take on the Royals, expect an intense battle on the field, with both teams vying for victory. The Angels’ explosive offense, led by the sensational Ohtani, combined with the pitching prowess of Griffin Canning, presents a formidable challenge for the Royals. According to the baseball handicap betting, the Kansas City Royals will falter and lose this game.
Score Prediction: Angels 6, Royals 1.