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MLB Odds: Royals vs. Angels prediction, odds, pick – 6/22/2022

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The Kansas City Royals take on the Los Angeles Angels. Check out our MLB odds series for our Royals Angels prediction and pick.FanDuel 1000
Daniel Lynch gets the start for the Royals, while Shohei Ohtani takes the bump for the Angels.

Daniel Lynch has a 5.19 ERA. What is notable about Lynch is that his fat ERA exists in spite of the fact that he hasn’t given up a lot of home runs. That’s not his problem. He gave up six home runs combined in two of his worst starts this season, but in his other 10 starts this season, he has allowed a total of only three homers. Walks were a problem for Lynch in May. He gave up 15 in a series of five starts from May 8-31. In June, he has reduced the amount of free passes he issues to opposing hitters. It’s not homers or walks which bother Lynch; he simply doesn’t get hitters off balance enough. They put the bat on the ball against him and generate solid contact. Lynch has given up six or more hits in four of his last five starts. There are simply way too many men on base in Lynch’s games. He has to cut down on that number and give the Royals more clean innings.

Shohei Ohtani has a 3.28 ERA. He has allowed more than two runs in three of his starts, but in the other eight, he has been brilliant for the Angeles. Ohtani has conceded 15 runs in 12 2/3 innings in his three worst starts, but in his eight strong starts, he has given up only seven runs in 47 2/3 innings. One can’t ask for much more, especially from a man who is also hitting on a regular basis. The two-way play of Ohtani is something to behold.

Courtesy of FanDuel, here are the Royals-Angels MLB odds.

MLB Odds: Royals-Angels Odds

Kansas City Royals: +1.5 (-122)

Los Angeles Angels: -1.5 (+102)

Over: 8 (-104)

Under: 8 (-118)

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Why The Royals Could Cover the Spread

The Royals are playing good baseball. They have been competitive throughout their long California road trip. They nearly won a series in San Francisco against the Giants. They did win their weekend series in the Bay Area against the Athletics. Now they have won their series in Anaheim against the Angels and have a chance to sweep. The Royals’ pitching has improved on this trip. Starters are making adjustments and finding ways to get out of jams. The Royals are getting timely hitting, as we saw on Tuesday night in their 12-11 win over the Halos in extra innings. The Royals are playing hard and look like a team which will grow and evolve as the season continues, as opposed to throwing in the towel and becoming a punching bag.

One also has to note how bad the Angels have been. With the exception of a series win in Seattle over the weekend against the Mariners, the Angels have been brutal over the past three weeks, sinking well out of contention in the American League wild card race.

Why The Angels Could Cover the Spread

After losing twice to the Royals at home, do you really think the Angels are going to get swept? There’s too much talent on this team to get humiliated in a sweep loss to the Royals. Moreover, Shohei Ohtani drove in eight runs on Tuesday in a loss. That’s the first time the Angels have had a player drive in eight runs and not win a game since 1961, when the franchise was in its infancy. The Halos are going to be annoyed they let that game slip away, and they’re going to make sure Ohtani wins this particular start after everything he did for the team on Tuesday.

Final Royals-Angels Prediction & Pick

The Angels are having a miserable season, but they’re not going to get swept by the Royals at home, period.

Final Royals-Angels Prediction & Pick: Angels -1.5