Braves vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/16/23

Kansas City Royals (4-10) vs Atlanta Braves (10-4)

Game Info: Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Zack Greinke (0-3) (3.31) vs Kyle Wright (0-0) (12.00)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +125 / Atlanta Braves -161 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Royals will close their three-game set this Sunday from Kauffman Stadium. Atlanta took has outscored Kansas City, 19-6, in two comfortable victories. 

Braves Betting Preview

Atlanta improved to 10-4 after defeating KC. The Braves picked up another victory in style, and they’ll look to make it five straight here. The Atlanta offense is scoring 5.21 runs per game, while batting .272, with a .352 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.79 ERA, with a 1.33 WHIP. Austin Riley leads the Braves in batting average (.327) after recording a hit in nine of the last ten games. Matt Olson leads the team in RBI (14) after producing two in last night’s victory. 

Kyle Wright (0-0, 12.00, 3Ks) will get the ball for Atlanta. The second-year pitcher has been very impressive thru two starts, tossing six shutout innings versus St. Louis and Cincinnati. Elder could wind up being this year’s version of Spencer Strider for Atlanta.

Royals Betting Preview

Kansas City moved to 4-10 after losing to Atlanta. The Royals blitzed the Rangers to avoid the sweep with a nine-run victory, 10-1. The Kansas City offense is scoring 3.35 runs per game, while batting .205, with a .269 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.69 ERA, with a 1.36 WHIP. Salvador Perez leads the team in RBI (6), after recording one in four of the last seven games.. Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded a hit in five of the last seven games, and he leads KC in batting average (.273).

Zack Greinke (0-3, 3.31 ERA, 11 Ks) will start for Kansas City. The ageless wonder has come out with some stingy stuff early on despite the 0-2 record. Grienke contained Minnesota on Opening Day, before bottling up a talented Toronto lineup, and holding them to one run in six innings of work.

Atlanta vs Kansas City Trends

Atlanta is 6-8 against the spread this season, with a 8-6 over/under record. Kansas City is 4-10 ATS this year, with a 8-6 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Atlanta has capitalized on the light scheduling of matchups and racked up five straight wins, and there’s no reason they should slow down here. Zack Greinke ‘mystique’ at Kauffman will be put to the test, and I think the Braves’ bats will succeed comfortably. Atlanta is playing great baseball right now, and even if the future Hall of Famer puts up a fight, I trust them in this spot. Take Atlanta’s run line as they look to bring the brooms out, and again back it with the Over, as Kansas City does seem to play better with Greinke on the mound.

Corey’s Pick Braves -1.5

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