San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/6/14
Kansas City Royals (14-16) at San Diego Padres (14-18)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-2) (4.500) vs. Robbie Erlin (L) (1-4) (5.964)
The Line: San Diego Padres -101 / Kansas City Royals -109 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, FSN-SD
The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres play game two of their interleague matchup on Tuesday. The Padres won game one, 6-5, in the 12th inning.
The Royals have lost five straight games, dropping to 14-17 on the season. During this stretch, the Royals pitching staff has really been on the decline, allowing a combined 39 runs in those five losses. The Royals are 4-14 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer has seven of his 13 RBI in his last 10 games, which includes a homerun in the loss on Monday. Getting the start for the Royals will be Jeremy Guthrie, who is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 38 innings. Guthrie is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in three career games against the Padres.
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The Padres have split their last eight games and are still three games below a .500 record. Although the Padres have scored 10 combined runs in their last two games, they’ve been held to two or less runs in 17 games this season. The Padres have hit only 16 homeruns and already have three players with at least 33 strikeouts. While the lineup tries to figure itself out, Robbie Erlin will take the mound, who is 1-4 with a 5.83 ERA and has 25 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. This will be the first time Erlin has faced the Royals in his career.
The Royals are 1-4 in Guthrie's last 5 starts as an underdog and 1-6 in Guthrie's last 7 starts as a road underdog. The Padres are 0-4 in Erlin's last 4 starts and 4-9 in their last 13 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
This is a tough game to cap considering neither team is playing well and both pitchers have had their fair share of issues. However, Erlin has some decent stuff and has been striking guys out at a solid percentage. The Padres are playing slightly better baseball and are at home.
Give me the Padres for the cheap price.