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Kansas City0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 020
LA Angels0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 x 580
  W: S. Ohtani (6-4)   L: D. Lynch (3-7)
6:49 PM PT7:49 PM MT8:49 PM CT9:49 PM ET21:49 ET1:49 GMT9:49 6:49 PM MST8:49 PM EST9:19 PM VEN5:49 UAE (+1)7:49 PM CT, June 22, 2022
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 34,792

Angels turn to Shohei Ohtani for win vs. Royals

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Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels

  1. This is the first time these two teams are meeting this season. Last season, the Angels won four of six games, including all three in Anaheim. The Angels outscored the Royals, 20-5, in those three games on the West Coast.
  2. The Royals had their three-game win streak snapped on Sunday at Oakland. They have yet to win four games in a row this season, having won three straight three different times. Kansas City has a 3.69 ERA over its last nine games compared to a 5.17 ERA in the first 56 games.
  3. Salvador Perez has just two hits in four games this season (2-for-16). Last season against the Angels, he hit .500 (12-for-24) with a home run and four RBI. He is a career .321 hitter against the Angels, including .330 on the road.
  4. The Angels won four of five games at Seattle over the weekend, shutting out the Mariners in each of the last two games. They have had three straight shutout wins three times in team history with the last occurrence in the last game of 1976 and the first two games of 1977.
  5. Mike Trout has six hits and five home runs in the series against Seattle. He became the first player in MLB history to hit four game-winning HR in a single series (HR that put his team ahead to stay).
  6. Taylor Ward's batting average slipped to .297 after Saturday's game (went 0-for-4). It was the first time all-season that he ended a game with an average below .300. On Sunday, he went 3-for-4 and raised his average back up to .309.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/20/2022 thru 6/22/2022

Shohei Ohtani will be on the mound and in the batter's box for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night against the visiting Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, Calif., putting together another remarkable season in his bid for another MVP.

Ohtani hit two home runs in Tuesday's 12-11 loss to the Royals, giving him 15 for the season and putting him on pace for 34, below his total of 46 in last year's MVP season.

On the mound, Ohtani (5-4, 3.28 ERA) will be making his 12th start of the season after going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA last year. He has made one career start vs. Kansas City, getting a no-decision after allowing one run in four innings in 2018.

Left-hander Daniel Lynch (3-6, 5.19 ERA) will make his 13th start of the season for Kansas City, coming off a victory last Friday in Oakland when he gave up one run and four hits in five innings.

The Royals got a solid performance from starting pitcher Kris Bubic in the first game of the series. But after using nine pitchers in Tuesday's game, Royals manager Mike Matheny is hoping Lynch can give him quality innings while pitching deep into the game Wednesday.

Starting pitching has been an issue for the Royals, as no starter has an ERA below 4.30 and only Brady Singer (3-2) has a winning record.

"Every time we walk out there, when we have faith in our starting pitching, we believe we can play with anybody," Matheny said. "These guys are good. They're showing it. They're continuing to work through some bumps and still be good, even when they don't have their very best stuff."

Lynch has never faced the Angels.

With the Royals throwing a lefty, the Angels' left-handed hitting Brandon Marsh doesn't figure to be in the lineup. However, when Marsh had a two-homer game on June 10, one of them came against a lefty, something that impressed Angels interim manager Phil Nevin.

"Watching him get that swing off against the lefty ... that was promising for me," Nevin said. "He's had some stuff with some lefties, and to get that swing off there was really good."

Marsh, though, has not hit a home run since, and is hitting .213 vs. lefties this year compared to .250 vs. righties.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 22, 2022

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