Royals On Three-Game Win Streak
The Kansas City Royals try to extend their three-game winning streak tuesday night, hosting the Los Angeles Angels in the second of a three-game series. Kansas City schneided the Halos, 7-0, in Monday’s opener. The Royals are fourth in the AL Central standings, a half-game ahead of the last-place Detroit Tigers. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is skidding agaIn, lost 15 of its last 18 The Angels are fourth place in the AL West.
Angels’ Silent Night
The Los Angeles Angels were hoping their nine-run outburst in a Sunday win over the Atlanta Braves was a sign of things to come. It wasn’t. Los Angeles reverted to an impotent offense, managing five hits in the loss Monday.
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was 1-for-4 with a double in the shutout Monday. The reigning AL MVP is having to carry the Angels with Mike Trout out (injured back). He’s struggled to do so, and suffered a bruise above his knee during the defeat Monday. Ohtani is batting .256 with 16 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs, 57 RBIs and 53 runs scored.
Outfielder Taylor Ward has been one of the top hitters in baseball this season. He was 0-for-4 Monday night. Ward is batting .287 with 11 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and 45 runs scored.
Jose Suarez gets the Tuesday for Los Angeles in this battle of lefthanders. Suarez is 1-4 with a 5.60 ERA in nine starts and 11 overall appearances, striking out 45 in the same number of innings. Suarez had a rough outing in his last start. Against LA’s “other’ team, the Dodgers, 10 days ago, Suarez lasted 3⅔ innings. He surrendered six runs on five hits-including three homers-striking out six and walking three.
Royals Are Rolling
The Kansas City Royals are feeling more confident about themselves of late, and it’s showing. Kansas City has matched its season high with three straight wins, hoping to get into uncharted territory Tuesday night.
“We’re playing better baseball,” manager Mike Matheny said. “You see those pieces coming together.”
Angel Zerpa opposes the Angels, which is some sort of symmetry. The 22-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in just two overall appearances this season, striking out six in 12 innings. Zerpa did earn the win in his last outing, his only start of 2022. In five innings, he limited the Toronto Blue Jays to one (four hits), fanning two with two walks.
Outfielder Michael Taylor was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Monday’s win, extending his hitting streak to five games. Taylor is batting .276 with six doubles, two triples, six home runs, 28 RBIs and 29 runs scored in 68 games.
Outfielder Andrew Benintendi was 3-for-5 with two runs scored Monday night, raising his batting average to .322, ranking fifth in baseball. Benintendi has 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 39 RBIs and 40 runs scored.
Angels vs Royals Head-To-Head
The Kansas City Royals are a win away from clinching their first season series victory against the Los Angeles Angels since 2017. Kansas City is 3-1 against LA this season, surpassing their win total in each of the past three seasons these two teams played (they didn’t in 2020).
The Angels have had success at Kauffman Stadium of late, going 6-4 at the venue in the past three seasons prior to the lose Monday. The MLB lines for Tuesday’s game have the home team as slight favorites.
Angels vs Royals Game Information
- Game: Angels (40-56) vs Royals (39-57)
- Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
- Day/Time: Tuesday, July 26, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Royals Live stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Royals Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels J. Suarez -L||+1½ -190||+108||8½-115o||3½-130o
|Kansas City Royals A. Zerpa -L||-1½ +160||-118||8½-105u||4½+110o
Angels vs Royals Prediction
LA struggles to put runs on the board, and they see a pitcher in Zerba who could shut them down here. The Kansas City Royals continue their winning streak with another victory.
When making your MLB picks, take Kansas City to win at home.