Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-192) Kansas City (+125)
Griffin Canning and the Los Angeles Angels (7-3, 1st in AL West) travel to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on the Kansas City Royals (4-4, 4th in AL Central). The Royals open this contest at +125 while the Angels are coming in at -192. The over/under has been set at 10. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Griffin Canning and Brad Keller.
The Angels have hit 11 doubles as a team and have hit 14 balls out of the park. Los Angeles has a slugging percentage of .431 and have been called out on strikes 87 times, while drawing a walk on 36 occasions. As a team, the Los Angeles Angels are putting up 5.8 runs per game, which has them sitting at 5th in baseball. They have accrued 49 runs batted in in addition to 90 hits on the year, and their team batting average sits at .260. They have accumulated 58 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .333.
The Angels have compiled a team ERA of 5.04 for the year (24th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 113 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 42 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.57 as a unit this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.69 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.40. Angels pitchers have relinquished 10 long balls in addition to 56 runs in total (4th in baseball).
Angels pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 17 times in addition to having 14 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have 2 holds this year (23rd in the league). The Angels bullpen have recorded a save rate of 75.0% and stepped onto the hill in 6 save situations. They have tallied 3 saves this year and have blown 1 of their 4 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 20 base runners so far this season with 35.0% of them earned a run for their team. The Angels have dispatched 37 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season.
Canning (7-9 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 4.41 while he has gone up against 642 hitters during his time in the majors. He has conceded 137 hits (8.1 hits per 9 innings) with 54 walks. His ERA is 4.44 (75 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.257. Canning has taken the hill for 152 innings and has totaled 159 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
The Royals have a team SLG% of .376 and they tally 5.00 runs per contest (8th in MLB). They have 8 doubles, while taking a walk 30 times as well as putting up 40 runs. Kansas City has accumulated 9 home runs this year and 38 runs batted in. They have struck out on 88 instances (19th in MLB) and have earned a total of 65 hits. The Kansas City Royals have earned a team OBP of .319 in addition to a team batting average of .240 on the year.
The Royals hold a team WHIP of 1.535 in addition to having a FIP of 4.51 as a staff on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.90 (76 strikeouts against 40 walks). They rank 22nd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 69. They have conceded 9 homers and they allow 5.58 runs per 9 innings (26th in the league). The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 44 runs on the season while having an ERA of 4.94 (39 earned runs yielded).
Sitting with 9 save situations, the Royals have recorded 4 holds and also 2 blown saves. Kansas City has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 5 save chances and they have converted 3 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 9 times in high leverage situations and on 12 occasions with runners on. Kansas City bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 9.5% out of 21 inherited base runners. They are ranked 15th in the league with a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 35 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond so far this season.
Keller (21-24 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 3.70 ERA and has given up 8.4 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.80 and he has gone up against 1,539 hitters during his pro baseball career. He has allowed a total of 150 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.323 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. So far in his career, Keller has allowed 341 base hits while he has totaled 256 punch outs in 365 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City (+125)
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