The Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals square off on Monday with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, MO and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. The Royals will send Zack Greinke to the hill while LAA will have Noah Syndergaard on the bump.
The Angels have been an absolute train wreck since about a month and a half into the season. They’re 1-2 since the All-Star break, but have won just five of their last 20 and two of their last 10 overall games. LAA broke a six-game skid yesterday with a 9-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, however. Thor has been decent this season, allowing just 34 earned runs in just under 75 innings, but he hasn’t gotten any sort of run support consistently. His ERA is hovering at 4.00 but has racked up losses in five of his last seven starts, giving up more than three earned runs just twice in that span.
Kansas City has won two straight and is at the .500 mark in their last 10, 20 and 30 games, which is honestly kind of impressive and random. The Royals also hold a 2-1 season series lead over the Angels. Greinke has sort of suffered the same fate as Syndergaard this season, though he hasn’t been as effective as his counterpart, allowing five or more runs in three of his last seven starts.
Angels vs. Royals
Pitchers: Noah Syndergaard vs. Zack Greinke
First pitch: 8:10 p.m. EST
Angels local broadcast: Bally Sports West
Royals local broadcast: Bally Sports Kansas City
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, picks & predictions
Run Line: Angels -1.5
Run total: 7.5
Moneyline odds: Angels -110, Royals -110
Moneyline pick: Royals -110
Neither of these teams is going to come away with the World Series title this season, or likely even make the playoffs. Still, there are levels to how much a team can struggle and LAA is the lowest of the low in that department at the moment.
Player prop pick: Michael A Taylor over 0.5 hits (-165)
Taylor has been oddly solid in his career against Syndergaard despite being in the NL East at the same time as Thor was in his prime. He’s hitting .300 for his career against the hurler in 10 at-bats. Odds are he notches at least one more today
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