Saturday, April 15 @ Royals
Probables- Nathan Karns vs. Yusmeiro Petit
Nathan Karns was roughed up in his first outing of the season. He allowed four runs in less than an innings’ worth of work. However, he came back strong in a start later in the week. He went 5.2 innings and only allowed a single run. Having a great outing like Karns did is a great way to drop your 54.00 ERA to 7.11, which is exactly what he did. Karns has faired relatively well against most Angels’ batters, but Albert Pujols has owned the veteran. He is 4-9 with a homerun and two RBI’s and a double. He also has a walk tacked on against Karns. This game’s outcome will depend on Karns, and what version of him the Angels face on Saturday.
While the Angels have yet to make an official announcement on who will start this game. However, it appears that a spot start for Yusmeiro Petit is the most likely outcome. Petit has been a part-time starter his entire career, and knows how to handle himself when asked to take the mound. He has not seen more than two innings in a game yet this season, but he can throw five good innings as a starter. He has only allowed one hit so far this season in three innings of work. If Petit can get the Angels through the fifth inning with minimal damage, he will have left them in good position to win the game.
In the battle of two spot-starters, Petit will be able to control the Royals lineup enough to lead his team to a win.
Prediction- Angels 6, Royals 3