Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/23/2014
Saturday, May 24, 7:15 PM on FOX
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
Kansas City Royals - Shields, J (6-3) vs. Los Angeles Angels - Shoemaker, M (2-1)
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On Saturday night, James Shields will be pitching for the Kansas City Royals and will be taking on Matt Shoemaker and the Los Angeles Angels.
James Shields picked up his third consecutive win last Sunday and his sixth win overall when he beat the Baltimore Orioles at home. He pitched seven solid innings in that game and gave up three runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out three. He now has a 2.63 ERA on the season and has 59 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 67.1 innings of work.
The one Angel who Shields has never liked facing is second baseman Howie Kendrick, who is 12-for-24 against him with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
In his second start of the season last Sunday, Matt Shoemaker was able to pick up his second win by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays. He made it through six innings in that game and allowed just one earned run on two hits while walking three and striking out six. He has a 3.06 ERA on the year and has struck out 14 through 17.2 innings.
The Royals will be going up against Shoemaker for the first time this Saturday. So far this season, the right-hander has thrown his 92-93 mph fastball about 53 percent of the time and has also mixed in his 83 mph slider and his 77 mph curveball.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 21-23-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 25-20-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/22/14 C Salvador Perez Thumb questionable
05/13/14 2B Omar Infante Back 15-day DL (5/13)
05/02/14 P Bruce Chen Back 15-day DL (4/25)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Los Angeles Angels
05/22/14 CF Mike Trout Hamstring missed last game, probable Friday vs. Kansas City Royals
05/12/14 3B Ian Stewart Hand 15-day DL (5/11)
04/17/14 P Ryan Brasier Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
04/16/14 P Dane De La Rosa Shoulder 15-day DL (4/13)
04/10/14 RF Josh Hamilton Thumb 15-day DL (4/9)
03/30/14 P Brian Moran Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Sean Burnett Forearm 15-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City
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