The KC Royals hope to find a win before leaving Anaheim on Sunday after dropping the first two games in a three-game series. It’s not just Anaheim, the Royals have been stumbling for a couple of weeks now, and for that matter, the entire season. Expected? Yeah, for sure, so it softens the blow of playing this badly. The Royals are still in a honeymoon period after winning a World Series in 2015 as well.
Honeymoon in the sense that fans are going to be way more tolerant of this type of play after winning a World Series a few years ago. The Royals were such a bad team for so long that they’re going to get some extra time to become a good team again. If this were the Red Sox, Dodgers, or any of the other big market teams, yeah, not happening. The Red Sox are already getting heat from their fans after a slow start, a year after winning the World Series.
For the Royals, they were just unable to retain talent that helped them win the championship. Their bullpen was on fire during that era and they wanted to get paid after the fact. The Royals are not large spenders like other teams, and retaining them in a smaller market was going to be difficult. All-Star Salvador Perez is still a Royal, an important member of the 2015 team, but he is gone for the season with TJ surgery.
The Royals at least made it interesting late last night. They were down 5-0 by the end of the 6th inning, but scored 3 in the top of the 8th. With runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, Jorge Soler came up short to cut into the lead some more. Ty Buttrey fanned Soler to extinguish the threat. Head below for our free Royals vs. Angels pick.
K.C. Royals vs. L.A. Angels Pick:
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Shohei Ohtani is back in the Angels lineup, making his return on May 7th against the Tigers. It may take him a bit of time to get warmed up and hot, but he’s been doing a solid job coming off the IL cold. Note that Ohtani has recorded a hit in six straight games after starting 0-for-7 at the dish.
Pairing him next to Mike Trout makes all of the difference for the Angels. It was painful looking at Trout making things happen, only to be letdown by the next hitter. When Ohtani truly gets hot, they’re going to make for a fearful 1-2 punch in the lineup. The Angels have won 7 of 11 games since he came back.
Tyler Skaggs will see the starting spot for this one on Sunday. Skaggs has been reliable in only one place for the Angels this season. That would be Angel Stadium, where Skaggs has performed well vs what he’s done as a visitor in other ballparks.
Skaggs owns an ERA of 6.56 on the road, while he has looked sharp for a 2.19 ERA and 1.05 WHIP at home in Anaheim. He has yet to lose at home in the 2019 season. With the loss last night, the Royals are now 6-15 on the road for last in the major leagues.
Skaggs has been an absolute force against this Royals in his career. Against this current Royals team, Skaggs has nailed them for a .170 batting average and no home runs in 47 at-bats. In those 47 plate appearances, Skaggs has allowed just 1 run to the Royals. He should be able to handle their lineup again Sunday.
The Royals have averaged just 3.68 runs per game in their last three games, while the Angels have scored 5.93 per 9 innings. I like the Angels to be able to take care of Danny Duffy and get solid support from Skaggs on the bump. Look for the Angels to complete the week and send the Royals another loss.