Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels 10/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 10/1/2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim
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After their wild wild-card win, the Kansas City Royals will put Jeremy Guthrie on the mound when they face Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Jeremy Guthrie didn't have his best season this year, but he was able to win his last three games and had multiple big games. On the year, he made 32 starts and finished with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP. He struck out 5.5 batters per nine innings this season and walked just 2.2 batters per nine innings.
Guthrie made one start against the Angels this season and ended up with a no decision after giving up four runs (three earned) in 6.2 innings of work. All-Star Mike Trout has four hits in 13 at-bats against Guthrie in his career with a home run and three RBI.
Jered Weaver had a strong second half for the Angels this season and finished with the most wins in the American League. In 34 starts, the right-hander was 18-9 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.209 WHIP. In 213.1 innings of work, Weaver gave up 193 hits, struck out 169 batters and walked 65. He went 3-2 in five September starts with a 3.66 ERA.
Weaver did not have a chance to face the Royals this season. Veteran Raul Ibanez may find himself in Kansas City's lineup on Thursday night because he is 15-for-36 against Weaver in his career with three doubles, four home runs and seven RBI.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 74-81-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 80-77-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.9
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/03/14 2B Christian Colon Finger 15-day DL (9/7)
08/14/14 P Scott Downs Neck 15-day DL (8/3)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Los Angeles Angels
10/01/14 LF Josh Hamilton Shoulder is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Kansas City Royals
09/27/14 P Matt Shoemaker Ribs "?" for Game #3 vs. Kansas City Royals
08/22/14 P Garrett Richards Knee 60-day DL (8/21), out for season
08/01/14 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
05/28/14 P Sean Burnett Elbow 15-day DL (5/29), out for season
05/12/14 3B Ian Stewart Hand 15-day DL (5/11)
04/17/14 P Ryan Brasier Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Brian Moran Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Kansas City
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