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Kansas City Royals vs Los Angeles Angels Preview

Los Angeles AngelsKansas City Royals
Sep 16, 2:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals Odds

79-67TEAM RECORD66-79

The visiting Angels hope for a solid performance on Sunday as they look to steal a win at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals.

Will Smith will take the mound for Kansas City, and he'll carry a 5-7 record into the contest. Dan Haren gets the ball for Los Angeles; he's 10-11 so far this season.

View LA Angels vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Royals as +140 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Royals, most recently No. 6 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Angels, who rate an American League No. 5 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 10 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Angels defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Royals have been averaging 9.4 hits per game, almost the same as the Angels have managed so far this season (9.4 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Kansas City has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Angels own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

The Angels were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +139 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Angels endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Royals on Saturday, with Zack Greinke throwing 8 1/3 innings of 5-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
Before playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After playing LA Angels are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Angels at Royals trends to consider:
LA Angels are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
LA Angels are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels' last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels' last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against LA Angels
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
LA Angels home to Texas, Tuesday, September 18
Kansas City home to Chi White Sox, Tuesday, September 18