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  W: A. Heaney (4-3)   L: K. Bubic (1-1)
6:38 PM PT7:38 PM MT8:38 PM CT9:38 PM ET21:38 ET1:38 GMT9:38 6:38 PM MST8:38 PM EST9:08 PM VEN5:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT, June 8, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 9,387

Whit Merrifield, Royals look to take off against Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Angels are 11-5 against Kansas City since the start of the 2018 season, including a 5-1 record at home. The Royals won two games of a three-game set at home from April 12-14.
  2. Los Angeles had a season-high 12 runs and matched a season high with eight extra-base hits in Saturday's 12-5 defeat of the Mariners. The Angels have scored double-digit runs six times this season, tied for second most in the AL (Red Sox, 7).
  3. The Royals have dropped back-to-back games on the heels of a five-game winning streak, with both losses coming by one run. Their only losing streak of three or more games this year was an 11-gamer from May 2-13.
  4. Andrew Benintendi has hit safely in seven straight games and driven in at least one run in a career-high five straight contests. His 11 RBI since the start of June are tied with the Rays' Austin Meadows for the most in the majors.
  5. Justin Upton went 6-for-14 with three homers and seven RBI in the Angels' four-game series with Seattle through Sunday. He has a .333/.408/.714 slash line in 11 games out of the leadoff position in the order this year, compared to .191/.277/.412 in all other games.
  6. Dylan Bundy is the only MLB pitcher with at least 10 starts this year and no wins (0-6). His 6.49 ERA is the fifth highest among that group, while his 1.58 run support average (run support per 9 IP) is the lowest.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/7/2021 thru 6/9/2021

The Los Angeles Angels will host the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif., knowing one of the keys to victory is keeping Whit Merrifield off the bases.

The Royals second baseman leads the team and is tied for ninth in the American League with 38 runs, but what makes him especially effective offensively is his base-stealing prowess.

Merrifield leads the major leagues with 17 stolen bases this year, and he has been caught only once. He topped the majors with 45 steals in 2018 and led the American League with 34 in 2017.

"The stolen base, something like that is amazing how it can just start to trigger good things to happen," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "I think he is one of the most well-rounded hitters in the league. A guy who'll take a walk, shoot the ball the other way, move runners over, get his base hits, fights with two strikes, steal a base."

Merrifield has been hot at the plate lately. His single Monday in the Royals' 8-3 loss to the Angels extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is batting .382 (13-for-34) during the streak.

Left-hander Kris Bubic (1-0, 2.12 ERA) will start on the mound for Kansas City. He is coming off a rough start against the Minnesota Twins his last time out, when he gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He has never faced the Angels.

Angels lefty Andrew Heaney (3-3, 4.76 ERA) will make his 11th start of the season, coming off victories in each of his past two outings. He yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers on May 25, then followed that up with a strong start June 1 against the San Francisco Giants, whom he limited to one run in 6 1/3 innings.

With Mike Trout out at least another month, Los Angeles' Juan Lagares is expected to start in center field again Tuesday. Lagares has played 25 games in center for the Angels this season, and he went 2-for-4 on Monday, raising his average to .222.

It's possible, however, that before Trout gets back, the Angels might give a few starts in center to Jo Adell, the club's highly touted prospect who struggled in the majors last season and has spent all of this year in the minors.

Adell, who leads the minor leagues with 15 home runs, recently moved from the corner outfield spots to center field at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Trout, out since May 17 with a strained right calf, has not started baseball activities but had his walking boot removed last week. He felt good about his progress after a rehab session on Monday.

"Today was probably my best day yet, as far as tolerance-wise," Trout said. "As far as activities, I'm doing as much as I can to strengthen around the calf muscle. I don't have an exact date but I want to start jogging soon if my body allows me to do it.

"Every day I come in, I'm walking on the treadmill but not with any intensity yet. But I'm just very happy with my progress so far."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 8, 2021

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