Angels turn to Shohei Ohtani for win vs. Royals

Shohei Ohtani will be on the mound and in the batter’s box for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night against visiting the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, California, gathering another notable season in his bid for another MVP.

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

On the mound, Ohtani (5-4, 3.28 effective) will make his 12º start to the season after going 9-2 with an effectiveness of 3.18 last year. He made a career start against Kansas City, with no decision after allowing a four-inning run in 2018.

Left-hander Daniel Lynch (3-6, 5.19 ERA) will make his thirteenth start to the season for Kansas City, following a win last Friday in Oakland when he conceded a 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 coach Mike Matheny expects Lynch to give him quality innings as he pitches deep on Wednesday.

The initial throw was a problem for the Royals, as no starter has an effectiveness below 4.30 and only Brady Singer (3-2) has a winning record.

“Every time we go out there, when we have faith in our starting pitcher, we believe we can play with anyone,” Matheny said. “These guys are good. They’re proving it. They keep working with a few strokes and they’re still good, even if they don’t have their best things.”

Lynch never faced Los Angeles.

With the Royals throwing a left-footed shot, Los Angeles left-handed batting to Brandon Marsh doesn’t seem to be in lineup. However, when Marsh had a two-run home game on June 10, one of them faced a left-hander, something that impressed Angels interim director Phil Nevin.

“Seeing him do that swing against the left-hander … that was promising to me,” Nevin said. “He had a few things with some left-handers, and getting that swing was really good.”

Marsh, however, hasn’t hit a home run since then, and is hitting .213 against left-handers this year compared to .250 against left-handers.

–Media at field level

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