Royals-Angels ALDS: Did you know?

Royals-Angels ALDS: Did you know?

When the Angels take on the Royals in the American League Division Series, it'll be a contrast of styles: big market versus small market, home runs versus stolen bases, halos versus crowns.

Here's what you need to know about the matchup:

• The Angels and Royals split the season series, with the home team winning two of three in each set, and the Angels outscoring Kansas City, 30-26.

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video

• The clubs have never met in the postseason.

• The Angels have won seven of their last 10 games in Kansas City. The Royals are 8-7 in their last 15 contests in Anaheim.

• After losing two of three to Kansas City in June, the Angels went nearly a month without losing a series and went 53-29 the rest of the season.

• The Angels led the Majors in runs (773) during the regular season.

• The Angels and Royals played in the same division -- the AL West -- from 1969 to 1993. Kansas City won six division crowns; the Angels just three. All nine division championships came between 1976 and 1986.

• The last time the Royals played a road playoff game was Game 5 of the 1985 World Series. Danny Jackson threw a complete game and allowed one run as the Royals began their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to the Cardinals. They won the final two games of the series in Kansas City to win the franchise's only World Series.

• In 1985, the Royals' last postseason appearance, they used just eight different pitchers. During Tuesday night's Wild Card win over Oakland, they used seven.

• The two longest home runs of Mike Trout's career were both hit at Kauffman Stadium. In 2013, Trout blasted a 463-foot homer and a 489-footer into the fountains.

• Of the seven Angels who played all six games vs. the Royals this season, four hit over .300 against them. Trout led the team with a .409 average; Erick Aybar (.375), C.J. Cron (.316) and David Freese (.308) also found success.

• Trout, Freese, Cron, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols combined to hit 102 home runs. The Royals hit 95 as a team.

• The Angels hit 10 home runs against the Royals this season, the most against any team outside the AL West.

• Angels Game 1 starter Jered Weaver hasn't faced the Royals since 2012, but in his last six starts (since 2009) against them, he is 5-0 with a 0.87 ERA and 0.871 WHIP.

• Weaver has appeared in six postseason games but never in a Game 1. He has a 2.61 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 20 2/3 playoff innings.

Matt Shoemaker and C.J. Wilson, who will start Games 2 and 3, respectively, lasted a combined 7 2/3 innings in late June at Kansas City, allowing 12 runs. It was Shoemaker's only start in which he allowed more than four runs.

Lorenzo Cain (.370/.393/.593) and Alcides Escobar (.304/.360/.348) each hit Angels pitching well this season across all six games.

• The Royals led the Majors with 153 stolen bases this season and set a franchise playoff record by swiping seven against the A's on Tuesday. Angels catcher Chris Iannetta threw out 30 percent of would-be basestealers, and backup Hank Conger nabbed 24 percent. The league average is 27 percent.

• The Royals' Jarrod Dyson, Escobar and Cain combined to steal 95 bases. The Angels stole 81 as a team.

• Thanks to their dominant end-game relievers, both the Angels and Royals have been extraordinary with leads after six innings. Los Angeles is 76-10, and Kansas City is 65-4.

• Kansas City's bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland has a combined 1.28 ERA with 49 saves. The Angels' unit of Kevin Jepsen, Joe Smith and Huston Street has a 2.11 ERA and 34 saves.

• Current Royals Raul Ibanez, Jason Vargas and Scott Downs were all Angels at some point in the last two seasons. Ibanez put up a .157/.258/.265 line for the Angels this season before being released in June.

• Weaver and Vargas were teammates at Long Beach State in 2004.

• Angels reliever Mike Morin went to high school at Shawnee Mission South High School, 16 miles southwest of Kauffman Stadium.

• The Angels lead the all-time series, 283-273.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.