Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels Prediction MLB Picks 5/9/24

LA Angels (14-23) vs Kansas City Royals (21-16)

Game Info: Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 9:38 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

Reid Detmers (3-3) (4.24) vs Michael Wacha (1-4) (5.50)

Betting Odds: LA Angels -112 / Kansas City Royals +102 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals and LA Angels meet Thursday in MLB game 1 action at Angel Stadium. Here’s a Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels Prediction.

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Kansas City Royals are 22-16 on the year and just beat the Rangers and Brewers. The Kansas City Royals have scored 14 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Kansas City Royals have split their last 10 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Kansas City Royals with 48 hits and 20 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Maikel Garcia have combined for 77 hits and 53 RBI.

LA Angels Betting Preview

The LA Angels are 14-23 this season after recent wins over the Guardians and Pirates. The LA Angels have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 9 games. The LA Angels have won 4 of their last 5 games when scoring more than 1 run. Taylor Ward leads the LA Angels with 39 hits and 24 RBI, while Zach Neto and Luis Rengifo have combined for 61 hits and 24 RBI.

Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels Pitching Matchup

Michael Wacha gets the ball for the Kansas City Royals, and he is 1-4 with a 5.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Wacha has allowed 18 hits and 11 runs in his last 9.1 innings. Wacha has a 5.56 ERA and .295 allowed batting average in 22.2 road innings. Wacha is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the LA Angels.

Reid Detmers gets the ball for the LA Angels, and he is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Detmers has allowed 14 hits and 12 runs in his last 10.2 innings. Detmers has a 5.00 ERA and .261 allowed batting average in 18 home innings. Detmers is 0-0 with a 5.91 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Kansas City Royals.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Reid Detmers has recorded six or more strikeouts in five of his last six home appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Zach Neto has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Angels' last six home games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Mike Trout has recorded at least one RBI in four of the Angels' last five games against the Royals.
  • Mike Trout has recorded at least one Double in three of the Angels' last four games against the Royals.
  • Mike Trout has recorded at least one hit in 16 of his last 17 appearances against the Royals.
  • Anthony Rendon has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine appearances.
  • Mike Trout has hit a home run in three of the Angels' last four home games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Mike Trout has scored at least one run in each of his last six appearances against the Royals.

Kansas City Royals Player Prop Facts

  • Bobby Witt Jr. has hit a home run in three of the Royals' last four road games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Royals' last five games against AL West opponents.
  • Salvador Perez has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last six appearances with the Royals as favorites against the Angels.
  • Michael Wacha has recorded five or more strikeouts in eight of his last nine appearances with his team as a favorite.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has scored at least one run in each of the Royals' last seven games against AL West opponents.
  • Salvador Perez has recorded at least one hit in 16 of his last 17 appearances in night games.
  • Michael Wacha has recorded a win in seven of his last eight appearances with his team as a favorite against AL opponents .
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded a Double in six of the Royals' last seven games against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Salvador Perez has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine appearances in night games against AL teams that held a losing record.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. ranks 5th in the league in Steals (13) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Angels are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and home runs this season.
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 26th in the league for walks this season (103).
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 2nd in the league for strikeouts against this season (253).
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 2nd in the league for runs allowed this season (129).

Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels Prediction

This feels like a dreadful pitching matchup between Michael Wacha and Reid Detmers, so I was considering the over. With that said, we're getting plus money with one of the better teams in baseball up to this point in the Royals. The Angels continue to be the Angels, an underachieving team that can't finish games. I'm banking on the Royals simply being the better team overall and getting us over the hump at a more favorable price. Laying juice with the Angels isn't in the cards for me. Give me the Royals.

Randy’s Pick Kansas City Royals +102

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