Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres 5-16-2023

Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres 5/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres 5/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


On Tuesday, May 16, the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are set to face off in a middle game of their three-game series at Petco Park in San Diego, California.


The Royals are looking to end a three-game losing streak after getting swept by the Brewers, where they allowed a whopping 18 runs in the series.


Kansas City’s pitching staff has been struggling this season, giving up an average of 5.55 runs per game, which ranks 28th in the league.


Despite this, the Royals have been hitting well in May with a .273/.345/.509 slash line and an OPS of .854, the highest in the majors.


Brady Singer will take the mound for the Royals on Tuesday, hoping to improve upon his 7.71 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. In his last start against the Chicago White Sox, Singer pitched well, going six innings of one-run, five-hit ball.


  • The Kansas City Royals are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
  • Kansas City is 5-11 SU in their last 16 meetings with the San Diego Padres.
  • The Royals are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

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Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres Predictions 5/16/2023


In their last game, the San Diego Padres were shut out 4-0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their fifth straight loss and their seventh defeat in eight games.


San Diego’s offense has struggled this season, ranking 25th in the MLB with just 3.93 runs per game on a lackluster .225/.311/.386 slash line.


Over the past two weeks, the Padres are slashing .221/.305/.356 with ten home runs and 24 doubles in 402 at-bats.


On the other hand, San Diego’s pitching staff has been solid, allowing 4.17 runs per contest (12th) with a 4.03 ERA (14th), 1.29 WHIP (tied-14th), and .235 opposing batting average (7th).


On Tuesday, the Padres will send Seth Lugo to the mound. Lugo has been impressive in his seven starts this season, going 3-2 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 36/9 K/BB ratio over 39.2 innings pitched.


In his last two starts in May, Lugo has given up only three earned runs on 12 hits and three walks while striking out ten.


He ranks in the 22nd percentile in expected batting average and the 24th percentile in expected slugging percentage.


Kansas City Royals vs. San Diego Padres. The MLB Pick for this contest is San Francisco Giants. Brady Singer has never met San Diego before, and the current Padres are 5-for-17 against him.


It’s hard to trust the starting duo in this matchup, and I’m backing the Padres because of their bullpen.


Over the last ten days, San Diego’s relievers have recorded a 2.77 ERA and .219 opposing BABIP across 26 innings of work, whereas the Royals’ bullpen has thrown a staggering 39.2 frames in that span, posting a 3.63 ERA and .306 opposing BABIP.


Recently, the Royals have shown improvement in their batting, with a 126 wRC+ and .238 ISO against right-handed pitchers in May.


However, their overall performance against righties this year remains poor with an 87 OPS+. Facing the Padres’ formidable pitching staff, the Royals may struggle to maintain their recent offensive surge.


Prediction: San Diego will win 6-4. 


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Kansas City Royals vs San Diego Padres 5/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:40 PM ET


Location: Petco Park in San Diego, CA


Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023




MLB Odds/Point Spread: San Diego Padres -120


MLB Totals: 8.5


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