Hot-hitting Shohei Ohtani will be looking to extend his 14-game hitting streak as the Los Angeles Angels (40-33) face off against the Kansas City Royals (19-51) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium on Sunday with the three-game series in the balance.
The Royals leveled the series 1-1 after winning 10-9 on Saturday, their second head-to-head victory in five games this season. Reliever Aroldis Chapman was credited with the win after throwing one inning.
MJ Melendez went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs in the win. Brandon Drury was 2 for 5 with two home runs and three RBIs for the Angels. Taylor Ward added a home run and two runs.
ON THE MOUND
Tyler Anderson (3-1, 5.80 ERA) is slated to get the start for Los Angeles. The lefty allowed five runs over six innings in his last start, a 9-6 home win over the Rangers on Monday. He scattered eight hits while striking out seven and walking two in the no-decision.
Anderson has made one previous start against the Royals this season, an 11-8 home loss on April 22. He surrendered six runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings, striking out one.
For Kansas City, right-hander Zack Greinke (1-6, 4.65 ERA) will toe the rubber. He has made one prior start against the Angels this season, giving up four runs over five innings in an 11-8 road win on April 22.
He gave up seven hits while striking out two in the no-decision.In his last start on Monday, Greinke took a no-decision at home against the Reds. He threw five innings and gave up three runs on six hits, striking out four, in the 5-4 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged 5.4 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 4.9. Against right-handed pitchers like Greinke this season, the Halos have a .759 OPS, the highest in the league. Ohtani is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a 1.039 OPS in 198 at-bats.
Kansas City is averaging 4.4 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.8 for the season. The Royals have a .698 OPS against Southpaws in 2023, the third highest in MLB. With a .897 OPS over 71 at-bats, Bobby Witt Jr. has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is 20-19 on the road in 2023, scoring 4.9 runs per game while allowing 4.5 runs. Kansas City has gone 10-27 at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 5.7.
The teams have split their last 10 meetings at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, though Los Angeles has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 4.6-4.1.
The Angels are third in the AL West, three games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Royals are fifth in the AL Central, 16 games behind the Twins.
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