Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Prediction MLB Picks 6/14/24

LA Dodgers (42-27) vs Kansas City Royals (40-30)

Game Info: Friday, June 14, 2024 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Gavin Stone (7-2) (2.39) vs Cole Ragans (4-4) (3.19)

Betting Odds: LA Dodgers -164 / Kansas City Royals +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas City Royals and LA Dodgers meet Friday in MLB game 1 action at Dodger Staidum. Here’s a Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Prediction.

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Kansas City Royals are 40-30 on the year after losses to the Mariners and Yankees. The Kansas City Royals have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Kansas City Royals have won 5 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Kansas City Royals with 93 hits and 50 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Maikel Garcia have combined for 145 hits and 80 RBI.

LA Dodgers Betting Preview

The LA Dodgers are 42-28 this season after games against the Yankees and Rangers. The LA Dodgers have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 8 games. The LA Dodgers have won 7 of their last 9 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Mookie Betts leads the LA Dodgers with 84 hits and 40 RBI, while Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman have combined for 158 hits and 85 RBI.

Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Pitching Matchup

Cole Ragans gets the ball for the Kansas City Royals, and he is 4-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Ragans has allowed 8 hits and 2 runs in his last 12 innings. Ragans has a 2.97 ERA and .228 allowed batting average in 30.1 road innings. This will be Ragans’ first career game against the LA Dodgers.

Gavin Stone gets the ball for the LA Dodgers, and he is 7-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Stone has allowed 12 hits and 2 runs in his last 10.2 innings. Stone has a 3.00 ERA and .262 allowed batting average in 39 home innings. This will be Stone’s first career game against the Kansas City Royals.

Why the Kansas City Royals will win

  • The Dodgers have lost three of their last four games as favorites.
  • The Royals have won three of their last four games as underdogs against the Dodgers.
  • The Dodgers have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine games at Dodger Stadium against American League opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Royals have covered the run line in four of their last five games as road underdogs.

Los Angeles Dodgers Player Prop Facts

  • Teoscar Hernandez has hit at least one home run in three of his last four appearances with his team as a home favorite against AL Central opponents.
  • Mookie Betts has recorded a Double in each of the Dodgers' last four games as favorites against the Royals.
  • Shohei Ohtani has scored at least one run in each of his last eight appearances in night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • Freddie Freeman has recorded at least one Single in seven of the Dodgers' last eight games against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • Teoscar Hernandez has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 10 appearances with his team as a favorite against AL Central opponents.
  • Mookie Betts has recorded at least one hit in each of the Dodgers' last 14 games against AL opponents.
  • Max Muncy has recorded at least one RBI in 12 of his last 13 appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Freddie Freeman ranks 5th amongst qualified players for On Base Percentage (.404) this season.

Kansas City Royals Player Prop Facts

  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded a Double in four of the Royals' last five games against NL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Salvador Perez has hit a home run in two of the Royals' last three games as road underdogs against NL opponents.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Royals' last five games against NL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded at least one Single in each of his eight previous appearances against NL West opponents that held a winning record.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Royals' last seven night games.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has scored at least one run in each of the Royals' last nine Friday night games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino has recorded at least one hit in each of the Royals' last nine road games against NL West opponents.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. ranks 4th in the league in Steals (19) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers rank 2nd in the league for runs scored this season (349).
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers rank 2nd in the league for doubles this season (131).
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 4th in the league for doubles this season (126).
  • The Kansas City Royals rank 4th in the league for RBI's this season (330).

Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Prediction

As I've said time and time again this season, the LA Dodgers are going to be favored in damn near every game this season, especially at home. I get it. Also, Gavin Stone has been great this season. With that said, the Kansas City Royals are a good team that's 10 games above a .500 record and Cole Ragans has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. In fact, Ragans has top-5 odds to win AL CY Young at the moment. It's hard to turn down the Royals at a plus money price with Ragans on the hill. Give me the Royals in game 1 against the Dodgers.

Randy’s Pick Kansas City Royals +139

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