The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres meet Monday in MLB action at Petco Park. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Kansas City Royals have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 9 of their last 12 games. The Royals have won 4 of their last 5 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Salvador Perez leads the Royals with 43 hits and 23 RBI, while Vinnie Pasquantino and Bobby Witt Jr. have combined for 82 hits and 37 RBI. Brad Keller gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Keller is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 1 strikeout in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres have scored 4 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 straight games. The Padres have lost 11 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Padres with 40 hits and 15 RBI, while Juan Soto and Manny Machado have combined for 73 hits and 38 RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 4.82 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 15-42 in their last 57 road games and 14-37 in their last 51 overall. The Padres are 2-5 in their last 7 interleague games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Royals last 5 overall. The under is 22-7-1 in Padres last 30 overall. The Royals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego.
I don't want to back the San Diego Padres as much as the next guy, especially with how quiet they've been offensively as of late. However, the Padres aren't playing the Dodgers anymore, and they need to take advantage of games like this at home if they're to be taken seriously. The Royals aren't good. Give me the Padres and the RL to shave the price.