Play of the Day for Monday, May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008 7:39 PM

Los Angeles Angels (-145) at Kansas City Royals: There’s an ugly trend in MLB to start the new season that’s developing – home teams not winning at home. And the Kansas City Royals are one of those teams, posting a 5-7 mark at Royals Stadium, the second-worst (Indians) mark (-2 games) in the AL to date.

To make matters worse, right-hander Brett Tomko (1-3, 6.26 ERA) gets the pill tonight against an Angels squad that quietly has a 20-13 record, tied for the best mark in the Junior Circuit with the World Champions Boston Red Sox. In his last and only meeting against the Angels this season, Tomko pitched seven innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits.

Ervin Santana (5-0, 2.48, 0.98 WHIP) is coming off his best month of his young career and allowed no earned runs in his last start against the A’s. The Angels are 7-4 getting some in their last 11 and have won straight heading into this evening’s series opener from the Barbecue Capital of the World. A hot Angels team with a great road record and their undefeated ace on the mound to boot? Also, the Angels have won 15 of their last 19 at KC. Sounds finger-licking good… ANGELS -145.