The Los Angeles Angels are 8-1 in their last nine home games against the Kansas City Royals, and look to continue that home dominance in tonight’s series opener.
The Angels are -200 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Not long ago, the Angels were mired in a season-long 14-game winning streak and were a season-low six games under .500. However, a trip to Seattle has helped them right the ship, as they are coming off back-to-back shutout wins and outscored the Mariners 11-2 over the last three games of the five-game series. Also not long ago, Angels slugger Mike Trout was mired in a career-worst 0-for-26 slump. He now has hit five home runs in his last five games, and that home run total in the five-game series is tied for the most of any player in a series against the Mariners. Trout now faces Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic (0-4, 8.36) for the first time in his career. Bubic has struggled with command of the strike zone, issuing 18 walks (to go along with 24 strikeouts), which is a big reason for his poor 1.89 WHIP. Bubic is opposed by Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 3.53), who has lost back-to-back hard-luck starts, as he only allowed one run in each.