Royals vs Padres Prediction - MLB Picks 5/15/23

San Diego Padres (19-22) vs Kansas City Royals (12-30)

Game Info: Monday, May 15, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Petco Park)

Michael Wacha (3-1) (4.82) vs Brad Keller (3-3) (4.31)

Betting Odds: San Diego Padres -225 / Kansas City Royals +185 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals will play the San Diego Padres in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

Royals Preview

The Kansas City Royals are 12-30 this season and they have lost three games in a row. Kansas City is coming off of a series loss to Milwaukee, where they lost all three games. The Kansas City pitching staff has a 5.44 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .264 opponent batting average this year. The Royals offense has scored 173 runs with a .237 batting average and a .300 on base percentage. Vinnie Pasquantino is batting .269 with seven home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Royals. The projected starting pitcher for Kansas City is Brad Keller, who is 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP over 39.2 innings pitched this season.

Padres Preview

The San Diego Padres are 19-22 this season and they have lost five games in a row. San Diego is coming off of a series loss to the Dodgers, where they lost all three games. The San Diego pitching staff has a 4.03 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .235 opponent batting average. The Padres offense has scored 161 runs with a .225 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this season. Juan Soto is batting .255 with seven home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Padres. The projected starting pitcher for San Diego is Michael Wacha, who is 3-1 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 37.1 innings pitched this year. 

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Kansas City is 9-22 in their last 31 games following a loss and 7-22 in their last 29 game one’s of a series. The over is 6-2 in Kansas City’s last 8 Monday games. San Diego is 4-1 in their last 5 game one’s of a series and 0-5 in their last 5 games. The under is 5-0 in San Diego’s last 5 home games. The over is 6-1 in these two teams last 7 head to head meetings.


San Diego has really struggled over the last couple of weeks, but they will play a Kansas City team that has one of the worst records in baseball. San Diego is starting Michael Wacha, who has allowed four earned runs over his last 17.0 innings of work. Kansas City is starting Brad Keller, who has allowed seven earned runs over his last 9.1 innings pitched. I think the Padres are going to have a big day at the plate and I like the over here. 

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