Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres Prediction 05-17-2023 MLB Picks

Chris RuffoloMay 17, 2023
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The Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres meet in an interleague matchup in MLB action from Petco Park on Wednesday. Let’s dive into the starting pitching matchup, history and make a prediction for this game.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Royals did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time that this article was posted. The San Diego Padres will send Yu Darvish here and Darvish is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season.

Matchup History

Kansas City’s 5-4 win on Tuesday made it four straight head-to-head meetings between these two teams without back-to-back winners.


Kansas City is 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 4-2 in their last 6 games overall. San Diego is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 7-4 in their last 11 home games while the under is 11-2 in their last 13 games overall.


I’m backing the Padres here. I just like what I’ve seen from Yu Darvish up to this point and while the Royals had a solid offensive showing on Tuesday, doing that consistently is not something we’ve seen from the Royals much this season. San Diego’s simply the better team from 1 through 9, and they have a considerable starting pitching edge regardless of who gets the start for the Royals here. I’ll gladly back San Diego in this spot.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:San Diego Padres TBA
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