The Angels only won 1 game out of 7 against the Royals in 2015 but swept them at home back in April of this year. Unfortunately, two of our starting pitchers for that series (Richards & Tropeano) are now on the DL. The Angels sure could use some wins after coming off an embarrassing and soul-crushing sweep at the hands of the Astros.
The Royals are only 6-13 during the month of July, have been floundering, and are now 8 games out of first place in the AL Central. Pitching has been a problem and the Royals are last place in the American League in team ERA as well as pitching WAR over the past week. The Royals have also scored fewer runs in July than anyone except for the White Sox, and are 3rd from last in batting average.
For their part, the Angels had been really good in July up until this last series and were near the top in most offensive categories as well as pitching. The bottom fell out over this past weekend in Houston, though the Halos still have the 2nd most runs scored in July and are second in batting average. Their pitching has now dropped to 7th in ERA and 14th in WHIP during the month.
Biggest question(s): Trade deadline is Sunday. What moves will the Angels make this week?
Hector Santiago vs. Ian Kennedy
Monday, July 25th, 2016 @ 5:15PM
Hectiago is up first.
Tyler Skaggs vs. TBD
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 @ 5:15PM
Skaggs is finally back after a two year absence.
Matt Shoemaker vs. Danny Duffy
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 @ 5:15PM
Shoey closes the series.
OVERALL VERDICT: Tough series, but a win is possible.