Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels- 4/10/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
We are now into Series 2 from the Major League Baseball season. MLB Draft managers have a bit of data collected from in season play but the season is still very young and there is tons of money to be made. One of the attractive matchups for Friday April 10th has the LA Angels at home playing the Kansas City Royals. Tune in at 10PM Eastern Time from Anaheim with MLB Network providing the TV broadcast nationally.
The Kansas City Royals were the surprise of Major League Baseball a season ago as they made a World Series appearance and falling short of the crown by losing to 2014 champs the San Francisco Giants. The team opened the season with a three game home stand facing the Chicago White Sox and pulled off the three game series sweep by scoring a total of 21 runs in the three games. That’s an average of 7 runs per game by KC. The Royals pitching staff limited the White Sox to just a single run in two of the three games.
The LA Angels opened up the season on the road to defend their AL West division title from a year ago. They opposed the Seattle Mariners and lost game one by the score of 4-1. The Angels then won the next two games to win their opening series of the season. They got good pitching performances by allowing three runs total in their final two games of the series.
The pitching matchup for Friday will pit KC left hander Jason Vargas a former Angels squaring off with LA left hander Hector Santiago.
Kansas City Pitcher: Jason Vargas completed a successful 2014 campaign with an ERA of 3.71 in 30 starts. In his 14 starts on the road as season ago Vargas had an ERA of just 2.73 in 85 2/3rd innings of work. In his one start at Angels Stadium he allowed one earned run and three hits over 6 1/3rd innings pitched.
Kansas City Royals Shortstop: Alcides Escobar is off to a nice start as he is hitting .500 on the year and hast two doubles on the season He had a three hit game on April 8th against the White Sox.
Kansas City Royals Catcher: 24 year old Salvador Perez began the year with a multiple hit performance in two of his first three games this season. He has a home run and four RBI’s on this round season with no strike outs. Over his career Perez had hit .286.
Kansas City Royals Centerfielder: Lorenzo Cain torched Chicago White Sox pitching in their opening series by going 5-12 with four runs scored and four RBI’s. Cain is a lifetime .280 hitter. The Royals are a free swinging team that is prone to the strikeout.
Kansas City Rightfielder: Alex Rios had two multiple hit games in his first three games this season. His three run homer have on opening day has accounted for his only RBI’s this season. Rios tailed off from home run pace as he clubbed just three for the Royals last season and was also injury prone.
Kansas City Royals First Base: Left hander Eric Hosner is hitting .357 to start the year. The 25 year old had two multiple hit games to start the year and has a home run and four RBI’s. He has a hit in all three games this year. In his youth Hosner has battle consistency issues.
LA Angels Pitcher: Veteran Hector Santiago was casted off by the Chicago White Sox organization. He was just looking to make the Angels in 2014 and really struggled in his first seven games tallying an ERA over 5 runs. The Angels had faith and Santiago was able to turn around and find good form as he was demoted into the bullpen. He earned a starting spot on the Angels with a good summer.
LA Angels Center Field: Mike Trout is hitting .273 to start the year with a home run and two RBI’s. He has hit Vargas as Trout has a batting average of .400 with a home run against him. As good as Trout has been he still strikes out 26% of the time.
LA Angels 2B: The replacement for Howie Kendrick who was traded to the LA Dodgers is 27 year old Johnny Giavotella. He is hitting .444 but all singles and no RBI’s on the season. He had a three hit game on Wednesday.
LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols is 2 for 11 to start the year. His two hits produced a home run with two RBI’s. He is 35 years old has declined much but will have a lot of RBI opportunities with the talent around him.
MLB Mock Draft Manager Picks for Daily Fantasy Leagues:
P: Jason Vargas (KC)
1B: Erick Hosner (KC)
C: Salvador Perez (KC)
SS: Alcides Escobar (KC)
DH: Kendrys Morales (KC)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)