Wednesday MLB Odds and Picks – Royals vs Angels (Keller vs Canning)


Shohei Ohtani runs to the first base

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani runs first as he takes on the Chicago White Sox during the sixth innings of an opening day baseball game on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Los Angeles Angels are -143 home favorites against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim
  • Griffin Canning (4-4, 5.82) will compete for the Angels against Brad Keller (6-4, 5.50)
  • You can find a look at Royals-Angels and a forecast below

The Los Angeles Angels will try to overwhelm the three-game series when they receive the Kansas City Royals at 9:38 pm. ET Wednesday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Griffin Canning (4-4, 5.82) should start for the Angels against Brad Keller (6-4, 5.50).

The Angels (28-32) made it twice in a row against the Royals, as well as four wins in their last five games and 10 in their last 15 with an 8-1 win on Tuesday night. The Royals (29-29) are on a losing streak of four games following five straight wins and are underdogs in this matchup.

Royals vs. Angels odds

team Money line Running line Total at DraftKings
Kansas City Royals +118 +1.5 (-167) Over 9 (+100)
Los Angeles Angels -143 -1.5 (+138) Under 9 (-121)

June 9 odds.

World Series 2021 odds tracker

Keller Rolling for Royals

Keller has won three starts in a row and his last four decisions. He's also 4-0 with 3.52 ERA in his last five outings after the season started with 2-4 with 7.31 ERA in six starts.

That Brad Keller pitch last night, a four-seam with a few cuts, was just absolute shit.

– Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) May 8, 2021

In his previous start last Thursday against the Minnesota Twins in Kansas City, Keller gave up two runs with seven hits in five innings. He stroked five and had no walks.

Keller has three quality starts this season in 11 rounds through rotation and those are also the three games he has played at least six innings in.

Keller defeated the Angels in Kansas City on April 14, abandoning a run in 5.2 innings to earn the Canning decision. Keller is 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA against the Royals in five career games, including four starts, but 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts at Angel Stadium.

Angels career stats vs basement

Justin Upton 3 1 0 0 0 .333
Shohei Ohtani 3 0 0 0 1 .000
Anthony Rendon 0 0 0 0 0
Jared Walsh 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Lagares 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Iglesias 5 2 1 4th 0 .400
Taylor Ward 0 0 0 0 0
Max Stassi 1 1 0 1 0 1,000
David Fletcher 0 0 0 0 0

Angels left fielder Justin Upton had never beaten the leadoff in 1,778 career games as of May 23. In 13 games from the number 1 of the sequence, Upton is 16 for 49 (0.327) with five doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs.

I say it every time. Justin Upton has one of the most beautiful home run swings ever.

– Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 5, 2021

The Angels have scored at least five runs in four games in a row, 33 in total.

Canning can't lately

Canning has been struggling lately, going 1-2 in his last three starts with an 8.74 ERA. Last Thursday, when he lost to the Seattle Mariners, he stayed just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs, six hits and two walks while cutting five.

Griffin Canning's last pitch of the night was a hanging slider strapped for a triple shot. José Suarez is now in the game. #Angelspur 4-2.

– Brent Maguire (@ bmags94) June 4, 2021

Canning has only served twice in nine starts at least six innings this season. These also represent his two quality starts.

On April 14, Canning allowed two runs in five innings to lose to the Royals and Keller. He's 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA against the Royals in two career starts.

Canning has a 3-2 record on Big A this season, but his ERA is 6.52 in five games, four of which have started.

Royals Career Stats vs Canning

Whit Merrifield 6th 1 0 0 1 .167
Carlos Santana 3 1 0 0 1 .333
Andrew Benintendi 3 2 0 0 1 .667
Salvador Perez 3 1 1 1 1 1,000
Kelvin Gutierrez 0 0 0 0 0
Jorge Soler 5 1 0 0 2 0.200
Michael A. Taylor 2 2 0 0 0 1,000
Hunter Dozier 5 2 0 0 0 .400
Nicky Lopez 5 0 0 0 0 .000

Royal's second baseman Whit Merrifield has a hitting streak of nine games, going 14 for 37 (.378). He has also played the longest current series in the Major Leagues in 367 games.

. @ WhitMerrifield puts an exclamation mark on a NINE run first inning for the @Royals.

– MLB (@MLB) June 5, 2021

The Royals have only scored nine runs in their last four games, including four or fewer runs in each. They missed at least five runs in each of their last seven games.

An ohtan explosion

Shohei Ohtani hit the longest home run of his major league career in the first inning on Tuesday night and the Angels hit five homers.

Ohtani's 17th homer of the season was a 470-foot shot deep into the stands in front of Kansas City starter Kris Bubic (1-1). Ohtani then added a double in the third inning, which had an even faster exit speed – 112.6 mph, compared to 111.7 for his homer.

17 for 17

– Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 9, 2021

Max Stassi, José Iglesias and Justin Upton also played for Los Angeles before Bubic. Taylor Ward added a two-barrel shot in the eighth shot.

The two wins have given the Angels 14 wins in 19 games against the Royals since the beginning of the 2018 season.

However, look to the royals to defy this trend in this game. Keller rolls and looks like a good underdog against the struggling Canning.

The pick: Royals (+118)

John Perrotto

Sports journalist

Sports journalist

John Perrotto has been reporting and writing about sports for various media for over 40 years. His work has appeared in USA TODAY,,,, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based in Beaver Falls, PA.


John Perrotto has been reporting and writing about sports for various media for over 40 years. His work has appeared in USA TODAY,,,, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based in Beaver Falls, PA.


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