Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Prediction MLB Picks 6/15/24

LA Dodgers (42-28) vs Kansas City Royals (40-30)

Game Info: Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 9:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (6-2) (3.00) vs Seth Lugo (9-2) (2.46)

Betting Odds: LA Dodgers -204 / Kansas City Royals +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Dodgers square off Saturday in MLB action from Dodger Stadium. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Kansas City Royals will send out Seth Lugo here and Lugo is 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lugo is 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts against the Dodgers. Yoshinobu Yamamoto will start this one for the Dodgers and is 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. This will be Yamamoto’s first career start against the Royals.

Kansas City Royals Recap

The Kansas City Royals come into this game looking to bounce back after starting the series with a narrow 4-3 loss against the Dodgers in Friday’s series opener. The loss wasn’t the ideal start to the series for the Royals after their series loss to the Yankees to start the week.

Royals Remain Competitive Despite Losing Skid

Going into Friday’s opener, Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 93 hits including 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and team-highs of 7 triples and 19 doubles with 19 stolen bases. Salvador Perez also has 10 home runs with 42 RBIs and 15 doubles. Nelson Velazquez also has a team-high 60 strikeouts while Maikel Garcia has 5 home runs, 38 RBIs and 16 stolen bases along with 3 triples and 14 doubles this season. Vinnie Pasquantino has 19 doubles with 7 homers and 46 RBIs of his own on the year.

Why the Kansas City Royals will win

  • The Royals have won five of their last six games as road underdogs following a loss.
  • The Dodgers have lost four of their last five games as favorites against AL Central opponents following a home win.
  • The Royals have covered the run line in each of their last seven games as road underdogs following a loss.
  • The Dodgers have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six night games against AL Central opponents following a home win.
  • The Dodgers have trailed after 5 innings in four of their last six games as home favorites against American League opponents.
  • The Dodgers have trailed after 3 innings in four of their last six games as favorites against AL Central opponents.

Los Angeles Dodgers Recap

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to build on Friday’s series-opening win over Kansas City, getting the train back on the tracks after their series loss against the Texas Rangers to start the week.

Dodgers Still Finding Ways To Get It Done

Entering Friday’s matchup, Shohei Ohtani has 82 hits including a team-high 17 home runs, 18 doubles and 44 RBIs with a .306 batting average while Mookie Betts has 84 hits with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homers and 40 RBIs of his own. Teoscar Hernandez also has 17 home runs with 50 RBIs and a team-high 83 strikeouts. Betts also has 9 stolen bases while Ohtani has a team-high 15 stolen bases. Freddie Freeman also has 41 RBIs with 19 doubles and Will Smith has added 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 42 RBIs.

Why the Los Angeles Dodgers will win

  • The Royals have lost eight of their last nine night games against National League opponents.
  • The Dodgers have won eight of their last nine games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Royals have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight night games against National League opponents.
  • The Dodgers have covered the run line in five of their last six night games against the Royals following a win.
  • The Dodgers have led after 5 innings in each of their last five Saturday night home games.

Kansas City Royals vs LA Dodgers Prediction

I’m on the Royals here. I just think there’s far too much value to pass on with a solid Kansas City team and one of their better starters in Seth Lugo who has done a ton of his best work on the road already this season. Yamamoto has been great in his own right for the Dodgers lately, but I think at this price you have to take a shot with how competitive the Royals were in Friday’s matchup. Give me KC and the boatload of plus money.

Chris’s Pick Kansas City +170

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