Don’t expect another late-inning letdown in Royals’ series with Angels

Wade Davis and the Royals are 52-4 when leading after six innings. 

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On Wedesday night, the Kansas City Royals lost for the first time when leading after seven innings since May 5, 2014 at San Diego, breaking a string of 111 straight games — that was the longest streak of its kind since the 1998-99 Yankees won 115 straight games when leading after seven frames.

Both the Royals and Angels are usually very adept at holding late-inning leads.

Best Record When Leading After six Innings

Team Record
Miami Marlins 36-1 (.973)
New York Yankees 46-2 (.958)
Los Angeles Angels 43-2 (.956)
St. Louis Cardinals 53-4 (.930)
Kansas City Royals 52-4 (.929)
MLB Average .880

Mike Scioscia tends to have a slower hook with his starters than does Ned Yost.

Angels/Royals IP per Start (with MLB Ranks)

Team IP/Start
Angels 6.11 (5th)
Royals  5.62 (28th)

Mike Trout has a higher lifetime average against the Royals than when facing any other American League opponent.

Trout’s Highest Career BA vs. AL Opponent

Team Average
Royals .383 (31/81)
Twins .346 
Yankees .337
Rangers .335
Red Sox  .330

Both Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar have come around to score more than 40 percent of the time after reaching base in 2015.

Highest Percent Scoring After Reaching Base (HR not included)

Player Percentage
Billy Hamilton (CIN) .448
Lorenzo Cain (KC) .425 (62/146)
Brian Dozier (MIN) .421
Alcides Escobar (KC) .415 (59/142)
Chris Owings (ARI)  .412

Salvador Perez has twice as many home runs (16) as walks (8) this season. In the history of the game, only one player has had fewer walks with as many longballs.

Fewest BB by Player w/ 15+ HR in a Season — All-Time

Player BB HR
Karim Garcia (2002, NYY-CLE) 6 16
Salvador Perez (2015, KC) 8 16
Roberto Kelly (1998, TEX) 8 16
Miguel Olivo (2006, FLA) 9 16
Rex Hudler (1996, CAL) 9 16
Andre Dawson (1994, BOS) 9 16