Royals Bid for Third in Row
The Kansas City Royals go for a third straight win when they host the Los Angeles Angels in the first of a three-game series on Monday night. Kansas City took the final two games of its home series against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend and is in fourth place in the American League Central standings.
Los Angeles is coming off a win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday that snapped the team’s five-game losing streak. Both of these teams are desperate for wins, so make sure you read our in-depth preview of this contest before you make any bet online.
Ward Leads Offensive Outburst for Angels
The Los Angeles Angels had very little offensive punch in the last few games entering Sunday’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves, but they broke out in a big way with a 9-1 victory over the defending World Series champions. Los Angeles scored five runs in the first inning, eclipsing its total in the first two games of the series.
Outfielder Taylor Ward had a home run among his three hits, scoring twice in the victory. Ward is batting .291 with 11 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and 45 runs scored.
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was 0-for-4 in the contest, though he drew a walk and scored a run. Ohtani is batting .256 with 15 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs, 57 RBIs and 53 runs scored.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will get the start for the Angels in the series opener. Syndergaard is 5-7 with a 4.00 ERA in 14 starts, striking out 58 in 74.1 innings. He took a no-decision in his last outing on July 12 against the Houston Astros, lasting four innings and allowing three runs on three hits, including a home run, while striking out three and walking four.
Royals Ride Pitching to Rare Series Win
The Kansas City Royals got a solid starting performance from Kris Bubic on Sunday as they won for the second straight day against the Tampa Bay Rays and earned their first series victory against Tampa Bay in five years. After allowing seven runs in the series opener on Friday, Kansas City pitchers limited the Rays to a total of five runs over the final two games of the weekend set.
“Just a great series. That is a good team and to walk out with a series win is a big deal for us,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said after Sunday’s win. “We had so many guys on base and we had a lot of missed opportunities today and those are ones that usually slip away, but our guys just kept with it and got some big hits late.”
Trying to keep it going on the mound on Monday will be veteran right-hander Zack Greinke, who will make his 16th start. The 38-year-old is 3-6 with a 4.64, striking out 42 in 77.2 innings. He has been up and down in his last five starts, going 3-2. He allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in the two losses while giving up just two runs in the three victories.
First baseman Hunter Dozier drove in the go-ahead run in Sunday’s victory for the Royals. Dozier is batting .266 with 19 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 33 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
Second baseman Whit Merrifield was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the win, giving him five hits over the final two games of the series. Merrifield is batting .245 with 20 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 38 RBIs and 47 runs scored.
Angels vs Royals Head-To-Head
The Kansas City Royals took two out of three when they met on the West Coast in late June, matching their win total from each of the last two seasons th teams have played (they didn’t play in 2020). The Los Angeles Angels have won the past three season series with the Royals, going 14-5 against Kansas City in that span.
The only two wins for the Royals against the Angels last season came at Kauffman Stadium. The MLB lines set for Monday’s series opener have this one as a pick ‘em.
Angels vs Royals Game Information
- Game: Angels (40-55) vs Royals (38-57)
- Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
- Day/Time: Monday, July 25, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Royals Live Stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Royals Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels
N. Syndergaard -R
|+1½ -210||-105||8-105o||3½-140o / 3½+110u|
|Kansas City Royals
Z. Greinke -R
|-1½ +175||-105||8-115u||3½-130o / 3½Evu|
Angels vs Royals Prediction
The Los Angeles Angels showed some offensive prowess in Sunday’s win, but the Kansas City Royals are feeling pretty good right now and are playing at home. We like the Royals to come away with another victory against the slumping Angels in the series opener.
When doing your MLB betting, take Kansas City to win at home.