The Kansas City Royals (23-43) visit the Los Angeles Angels (33-36) for a 3-game series at Angel Stadium. Monday’s series opener is slated for a 9:38 p.m. ET first pitch. Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Royals vs. Angels odds with MLB picks and predictions.
Season series: Los Angeles leads 4-2.
The Royals are 3-1 in their last 4 games and a respectable 6-5 in their last 11. Over the larger span, Kansas City has logged a solid 3.84 ERA.
The Angels took 4 of 5 from the Seattle Mariners Thursday-Sunday. L.A. earned shutout victories in the last 2 games of that series. For the season, the Halos have allowed 4.06 runs per game; since June 6, they’ve yielded just 3.14 RPG.
Royals at Angels projected starters
LHP Kris Bubic vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard
Bubic (0-4, 8.36 ERA) has made 8 starts and 1 relief appearance this year. He has registered a 1.89 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9 and 7.7 K/9 in 28 IP.
Allowed 4 HR, and 6 R total, in a 4-inning stint the last time he pitched at Angel Stadium (June 8, 2021).
Owns a 5.21 career ERA on the road.
Syndergaard (4-5, 3.53 ERA) makes his 11th start. He has a 1.18 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9 and 6.2 K/9 in 51 IP.
Has allowed just 2 R on 7 H in his last 10 2/3 IP.
Owns a 1.44 ERA at home and a 7.06 mark on the road.
Royals at Angels odds and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated 2:47 p.m. ET.
Money line: Royals +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Angels -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
Run line (RL): Royals +1.5 (-130) | Angels -1.5 (+105)
Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: -125 | U: +100)
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Royals at Angels picks and predictions
Royals 4, Angels 3
Bubic, who was sent down to Triple-A Omaha in mid-May and recalled in early June, has been undone in part by a 16.7% of fly balls landing as home runs and a .345 batting average on balls in play. He exhibited more zip on his fastball last game and has shown signs of getting more first-pitch strikes and balls hit on the ground.
Add in the way the Royals have played overall of late and the fact that L.A. is swung around to the lesser side of its platoon splits against a port-sider, and KANSAS CITY (+160) is the play.
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Run line/Against the spread
If you like the Royals to win, which I do, you have to TAKE K.C. +1.5 (-130).
The Royals have played in 5 straight Unders. In the last 6 Los Angeles games where the Halos are lined as a favorite, the Under is 6-0. The Under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 Royals-Angels meetings in Los Angeles.
With a little lean toward Bubic and perhaps Syndegaard’s home cooking numbers — and with the Angel offense struggling this month (.591 OPS) — TAKE THE UNDER 8.5 (+100).
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