On the evening of May 9, 2024, the Kansas City Royals are set to clash with the Los Angeles Angels at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, starting at 9:38 PM under clear skies. Michael Wacha will lead the pitching for the Royals, entering the game with an ERA of 5.496, whereas Reid Detmers will take the mound for the Angels, holding an ERA of 4.240.

In the 2024 AL Central Division standings, the Royals are currently fourth with a record of 17-13, boasting a winning percentage of .570 and holding a division record of 8-5. They’ve shown some resilience with four wins in their last ten games, despite currently being on a three-loss streak. At home, the Royals have been stronger, with a 12-5 win-loss ratio, contrasted by a 5-8 record on the road. They also have an advantageous score tally, having scored 138 runs against conceding 96.

Conversely, the Angels find themselves in a challenging position in the AL West Division, positioned 13th with a disheartening 11-18 record which leads to a .380 winning percentage. Their in-division play hasn’t commenced yet, leaving their division record at 0-0. Their recent form is somewhat bleak, managing only two victories in their last ten outings, albeit coming off a single recent win. The Angels have struggled more significantly at home with a 4-9 record, in comparison to a slightly better 7-9 on the road. The team’s offense and defense stats highlight their struggles, with 125 runs scored and 160 runs allowed.

Turning to the odds, this evening’s game presents some tight betting lines. The Over/Under is set at 8.0, suggesting a moderate scoring game. The Royals, playing away, are slightly favored with a MoneyLine of -116, contrasting with the Angels at -105. The point spread of 1.5 leans towards a potentially close game.