MLB – ALDS Game 2 – Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels – Friday October 3rd

I’m going to completely change course from Nascar/Boxing/CFL predictions and venture in to the world of the Major League Baseball playoffs. Tonight’s match-up is game 2 of the ALDS between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels.

Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels – ALDS Game 2- Royals lead 1-0



Overview – Last night in game 1 of the ALDS the Kansas City Royals were victorious over the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in 11 innings. Royals 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 11th. On the night Moustakas was 1 for 3 with 1 rbi and 2 runs. Both teams had 4 hits apiece in the game. The winning pitcher was reliever Danny Duffy. Duffy pitched 1 inning as he allowed 0 earned runs on 1 hit. Closer Greg Holland picked up the save, his first of the postseason. Royals starter Jason Vargas pitched 6 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits. The team used a total of 8 pitchers in the game. Angels reliever Fernando Salas was saddled with the loss. Salas pitched 1 inning as he allowed 1 earned run (Moustakas’s home run) on 1 hit. Starter Jered Weaver pitched 7 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits. 3rd baseman David Freese was 1 for 2 with a solo home run. Catcher Chris Iannetta was 1 for 3 with a solo home run. Star center-fielder Mike Trout and star 1st baseman Albert Pujols were a combined 0 for 8 with 2 walks. 2nd baseman Howie Kenrick was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. Left-fielder Josh Hamilton was 0 for 5 with 1 strikeout.

After not having a postseason win in 29 years the Royals now have 2 wins during this postseason.

Tonight’s starting pitchers are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Matt Shoemaker for the Angels. Ventura is right-handed and during the regular season he had a 14-10 record with a 3.20 era and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings pitched. He got 0.1 inning of work in the wild card game versus the A’s as he allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits. Shoemaker is right-handed and during the regular season he had an impressive 16-4 record with a 3.04 era and 124 strikeouts in 136 innings of work. He is 7-0 in his last 8 starts. He only allowed 4 earned runs in the 7 wins.

Prediction – The Royals have been magic so far in October. It’s a definitely a feel good story at the moment. The Angels are going to need a heck of lot more from Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton in game 2. They need their big guys to advance past this round. With Shoemaker on the mound tonight, the Angels look to have the edge and will even the series at 1 win apiece.

Take the Angels -155 (Bet365)



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