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Jason Vargas vs Luis Mendoza matchup featured in MLB action

Los Angeles AngelsKansas City Royals
May 24, 8:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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The Kansas City Royals battle the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Friday in MLB betting action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals will turn to Luis Mendoza and his 1-2 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Angels send Jason Vargas (3-3) to the hill.

View LA Angels vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Royals as +105 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Royals - Angels odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas City is rated No. 5 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 12 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas City's American League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Angels offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Royals have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, more than the Angels hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Angels own the American League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 5-4 winner on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Los Angeles at +105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Los Angeles looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Royals, a 5-4 final on Thursday in support of Joe Blanton at Kauffman Stadium.

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing LA Angels are 3-7
After playing LA Angels are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Angels at Royals trends to consider:
LA Angels are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels' last 5 games
LA Angels are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Angels' last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City's last 12 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games when playing at home against LA Angels
Kansas City is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
LA Angels at Kansas City, Saturday, May 25