Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 26 (8/26): MLB

Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 26 (8/26): MLB

Credit: photo by  Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Royals money line +165
Royals run line +1.5 (+110)
Padres money line -200
Padres run line -1.5 (-130)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Kansas City Royals San Diego Padres
Record 51-75 68-58
Home / road record 31-35 33-30
Last 10 record 3-7 4-6
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 62-59-5 56-65-4
Runs / game 3.82 4.33
Runs allowed / game 5.00 4.01

 

Preview

The Kansas City Royals will host the San Diego Padres to play a 3-game series at the Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The struggling Padres lost the 2-game series against the Guardians while the Royals tied vs Dbacks also in a short game series. This is the first time and only series these teams will play this season.

Kansas City Royals

The Royals get to this game with a 51-75 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.82 runs per game. They're batting for .242 AVG, 546 runs scored in 1018 hits and 110 home runs, ranking #24 in offense in the league behind the Seattle Mariners. Bobby Witt Jr is batting for a .255 AVG. 64 RBI and 18 home runs.

Defensively they are allowing 5.00 runs per game and ranking #26 in the league. Brady Singer leads the team with a 3.15 ERA, 120 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Royals.

Probable Pitcher:

Kris Bubic (2-8, 5.29 ERA) will be on the mound for the Royals in the 1st game of the series. Bubic took the loss against Tampa Bay on Saturday, surrendering four runs on eight hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. During his previous seven starts, the lefty had a 2.41 ERA in 18.2 innings at home, compared to a 4.43 ERA in 22.1 innings on the road.

San Diego Padres

The Padres get here with a 68-58 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.33 runs per game and they're batting for .240 AVG, have 546 runs scored in 1018 hits and 110 home runs, ranking #15 in offense in the league behind the Houston Astros. Manny Machado is leading the team with 22 home runs and 76 RBI and a batting average of .294.

Defensively they are allowing 4.01 runs per game and rank #9 in the league. Joe Musgrove leads the pitching staff with a 2.91 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded for the Padres.

Probable Pitcher:  Joe Musgrove (8-6, 2.91 ERA)

Musgrove will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Padres. Musgrove didn't factor into the decision during Saturday's 2-1 win against the Nationals, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. He has allowed 5 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts in 6 innings versus the Royals in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

San Diego are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Kansas City.

San Diego are 4-9 SU in their last 13 games on the road.

San Diego are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games against an opponent in the American League.

The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games at home.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games against an opponent in the National League.

 

Prediction

The renewed Padres haven't found their rythm yet ass they have lost 6 of their last 9 games and 9 of their last 13 on the road. Even with Musgrove on the mound they have lost 5 of the last 7 games but the problem has been the offense who scored only 1 run in the last 2 games vs Guardians. The Royals will send Kris Bubic who has struggled in his last 2 starts on the road but he has been solid at home this season. This should be a low scoring game as both pitchers will have strong starts. Take the under. 

PICK: Under 8.5 (-110)

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