San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/7/14
Kansas City Royals (14-16) at San Diego Padres (14-18)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm (PETCO Park)
James Shields (R) (3-3) (3.108) vs. Andrew Cashner (R) (2-4) (2.720)
The Line: San Diego Padres -105 / Kansas City Royals -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, FSN-SD
The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres will meet Wednesday afternoon in a rubber matchup.
The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory on Tuesday in the 11th inning. For the first time in what seems like forever, the Royals pitching staff did a fairly decent job by holding the Padres to one run. Before Tuesday’s win, the Royals allowed six or more runs in six of their last seven games. Offensively, Eric Hosmer has four hits in this series and seven RBI in his last 10 games. Taking the mound Wednesday will be James Shields, who is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. Shields is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in just one career start against the Padres.
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The Padres have now dropped five of their last seven games and drop four games below .500 after a surprising start to the season. The struggling offense continues to harm the Padres, as they’ve been held to two runs or less in six of their last 11 games and are 5-18 when scoring three or less runs this season. Jedd Gyorko does have two homeruns in his last four games, while Yasmani Grandal has homered in the first two games of this series. Andrew Cashner gets the start for San Diego, and he’s 2-4 with a 2.72 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. This will be the first time Cashner has faced the Royals in his career.
The Royals are 14-3 in Shields' last 17 road starts and 21-9 in Shields' last 30 starts. The Padres are 3-7 in Cashner's last 10 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-6 in Cashner's last 8 starts during game 3 of a series. The Royals are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in San Diego.
While neither team is known for scoring runs, both pitchers can get crazy at times and give up a boatload. That's why I'm taking the over. Forget trying to figure out which team can win this game because it's a coin-flip at best. The total is way too low for two pitchers who have allowed a combined 39 runs this season.