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Trout and the first-place Halos come to the K

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The 6-4, first-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come to Kauffman with the Royals in full April swoon. While the Royals bring up the rear in the American League Central, the Angels Thursday loss to the Rangers dropped them into a tie in the West with the Astros.

The pitching matchups will be as follows:

  • Friday, April 14, 7:15 CDT - JC Ramirez (RHP) vs. Danny Duffy (LHP)
  • Saturday, April 15, 6:15 CDT - Matt Shoemaker (RHP) vs. Nathan Karns (RHP)
  • Sunday, April 16, 1:15 CDT - Tyler Skaggs (LHP) vs. Ian Kennedy (RHP)

Angels vs. Royals pitching matchups

Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
JC Ramirez 3 5.0 3 12.5 2 8.3 5.40 5.58 4.55 4.25 -0.1 -0.1
Danny Duffy 2 13.0 11 21.2 5 9.6 2.08 4.68 4.48 4.15 0.1 0.5
Matt Shoemaker 2 9.1 5 11.9 5 11.9 7.71 8.34 6.01 5.54 -0.3 -0.3
Nathan Karns 2 6.1 5 17.9 4 14.3 7.11 5.83 5.25 5.01 -0.1 -0.1
Tyler Skaggs 2 10.1 10 20.4 5 10.2 8.71 6.56 5.06 4.52 -0.2 -0.4
Ian Kennedy 2 11.0 9 18.8 7 14.6 4.09 4.44 5.96 5.44 0.1 0.1

After three relief appearances this young season, JC Ramirez will make his first start at any level since the 2011 season (at Double-A in the Phillies organization), taking the spot of Garrett Richards, who shockingly went on the disabled list, this time with a biceps strain. In four partial major-league seasons, Ramirez has yet to play above replacement level.

Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker have both been largely miserable. Between their combined four starts, five or more runs have been allowed in three of those outings. In the one start in which fewer than five runs were allowed, Shoemaker yielded two earned in five innings at Oakland, striking out four but walking three while allowing two dongs that somehow were only solo shots in spite of the five non-dong baserunners for whom he’d been responsible.

Angels Position Players

Player Pos. PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Player Pos. PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Yunel Escobar 3B 40 1 9 4 0 .405 .450 .568 .441 206 0.6 0.5
Kole Calhoun RF 39 1 5 3 0 .314 .385 .486 .380 160 0.4 0.3
Mike Trout CF 39 3 6 9 0 .294 .359 .735 .439 204 0.6 0.8
Albert Pujols DH 39 1 2 7 0 .194 .256 .306 .240 57 -0.2 -0.2
Andrelton Simmons SS 36 1 5 2 1 .344 .417 .469 .390 168 0.5 0.3
Cameron Maybin LF 25 1 4 2 0 .261 .320 .435 .330 123 0.1 0.0
C.J. Cron 1B 24 0 3 1 0 .318 .333 .318 .287 91 0.0 0.0
Danny Espinosa 2B 34 2 2 9 0 .194 .235 .387 .267 77 0.0 -0.1
Martin Maldonado C 26 0 1 2 0 .208 .269 .250 .240 56 0.1 0.1
Bench
Carlos Perez C 6 0 0 1 0 .167 .167 .167 .147 -12 0.0 -0.1
Jefry Marte IF/OF 14 1 3 3 0 .333 .429 .583 .436 202 0.2 0.2
Ben Revere OF 14 0 3 0 0 .231 .286 .385 .293 95 0.0 0.0
Cliff Pennington IF 5 0 1 1 0 .333 .600 .333 .453 214 0.1 0.1

Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout are doing nothing but rake. Andrelton Simmons, Kole Calhoun, and Cameron Maybin are all more than holding their own. Pujols, however, has been a black hole in the lineup. On the whole, the Angels’ lineup is leading all teams with a 132 wRC+. The offense has fueled much of Anaheim’s jump out to the lead in their division.

All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.

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Who will win the series?

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  • 24%
    Royals sweep
    (46 votes)
  • 55%
    Royals take two of three
    (103 votes)
  • 16%
    Angels take two of three
    (31 votes)
  • 3%
    Angels sweep
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