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San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals: betting odds and predictions for Jun 2

Publish Date: 06/02/2024
Fact checked by: Allan Howe

The San Diego Padres have now won five out of their last six games and are looking for a clean sweep of the Kansas City Royals in their three-game series after taking the first two games.

They will be looking to continue their dominance in their recent matchups and gain some ground on the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in this series finale at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City this Sunday afternoon. With that said, we take a look at this matchup to make a Padres-Royals prediction and pick.

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San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres (32-29)Β  sit in second place in the National League West 5.5 games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres are getting hot at the right time winning 7 out of their last 10 games and 5 out of their last 6 while their divisional foes have now lost 6 out of their last 10 games.

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In their recent outburst, it's been their bats that have been doing a lot of the heavy lifting. In their last 5 games, the Padres are averaging 5.2Β  runs per 9 innings, hitting .310, with 10.8 hits, and an OBP of .365.

While the Padres bullpen has been a disaster as of late, it's been their starting pitching that has given them a solid head start before giving the ball to the relievers.

Their starting cast over their last 5 games has an ERA of 2.00 giving up just a .240 batting average and 5.4 strikeouts.

In this matchup, the Padres will send Michael King to the mound who's had mixed results this season with a 4-4 record, 4.09 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 66 innings.

He is coming off an outing where he held the Miami Marlins to just 1 Earned Run on 3 hits with 7 strikeouts but had to settle for the No Decision as he didn't receive the run support needed. In his last 5 games, he has an ERA of 3.00 with 34 strikeouts in 30 innings, and in 3 of those 5 games, he's given up 1 run or none.

The Padres will face off against Kansas City Royals starter Cole Ragans who like King had his ups and downs this season as well. The Padres will need to get after him early in this matchup as they did against the Royals last two starters.

If they can do that and King can continue pitching the way he has, the Padres can keep the momentum going and sweep the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals (35-25)Β are sitting in second place in the American League Central just 5 games behind the division-leading Cleveland Guardians who seem to be pulling away at the moment winning 8 out of their last 10 games.

Nonetheless, the Royals come into this matchup looking to gain some ground on their divisional foes when they face off against the San Diego Padres in this interleague matchup.

The Royals have hit a rough patch recently losing 6 out of their last 7 games and are on the heels of potentially losing two straight series as they attempt to avoid being swept by the San Diego Padres coming into this Sunday matchup at home.

The Royals have been hitting well over their last 5 games which should give them some confidence coming into today's game.

They have been averaging 5 runs, a .243 batting average, 1.4 home runs, and a .291 OBP over that span.

However, it's been their pitching that has been letting them down during this stretch. Neither their starters nor bullpen can keep the opposition off the scoreboard. Their bullpen has been so dreadful with an 8.64 ERA giving up a .347 batting average and .413 OBP.

Luckily for the Royals, they have Cole Ragans taking the mound who has been terrific over his last 5 starts. While he only sports a 3-2 record, he has just a 2.20 ERA and just gives up 4.2 hits per game with 7.4 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched.

It'll be up to Ragans to limit the damage from the bats of the San Diego Padres as well as the Royals to continue their hot bats when they play host to the Padres in this series finale hoping to avoid the sweep in this Sunday afternoon matchup.

SAN DIEGO PADRES VS. KANSAS CITY ROYALS FANDUEL ODDS FOR JUNE 2ND

MONEY LINE

  • SAN DIEGO PADRES: +112
  • KANSAS CITY ROYALS: -132

SPREAD

  • SAN DIEGO PADRES: +1.5 (-184
  • KANSAS CITY ROYALS: -1.5 (+152)

OVER/UNDER (TOTAL)

  • OVER: 8 (-112)
  • UNDER: 8 (-108)

BEST ODDS FOR SAN DIEGO PADRES VS. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

  • The Kansas City Royals are the favorites against the San Diego Padres. Bet365 currently has the best odds at (-125)

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  • The San Diego Padres are the underdogs in this matchup. BetMGM currently has the best odds atΒ  (+115)

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SAN DIEGO PADRES VS. KANSAS CITY ROYALS INJURY REPORT

SAN DIEGO PADRES INJURY REPORT

  • YU DARVISH - OUT - HAMSTRING
  • JOE MUSGROVE - OUT - ELBOW
  • LUIS PATINO - OUT FOR SEASON - ELBOW
  • XANDER BOGAERTS - OUT 0 SHOULDER
  • GLENN OTTO - OUT - SHOULDER
  • TUCUPITA MARCANO - OUT - KNEE

KANSAS CITY ROYALS INJURY REPORT INJURY REPORT

  • BRADY SINGER - QUES SUN - ILLNESS
  • MICHAEL MASSEY - OUT - BACK
  • JORDAN LYLES - OUT - PERSONAL
  • JOSH TAYLOR - OUT - BICEP
  • KRIS BUBIC - OUT - ELBOW
  • KYLE WRIGHT - OUTΒ  FOR SEASON - SHOULDER

FINAL PADRES-ROYALS PICK & PREDICTION

The Kansas City Royals are looking to get back on track after hitting a rough patch over their last 10 games meanwhile, the Padres will be looking to close out this road series with a sweep of the Royals.

Both teams send surging pitchers Michael King and Cole Ragans to the mound who have been pitching very well this season.

All signs point to this matchup being a pitcher's duel with runs being very limited.

While it is tough to take a side here, especially on a team that is struggling like the Royals, they have a get right spot here to avoid the sweep against the Padres.

The Padres struggle against left-handed pitching and today's matchup will be no different. The Royals will continue their hot streak at the plate giving Ragans enough run support to get the win and get back on track.

FINAL PADRES-ROYALS PICK & PREDICTION: KANSAS CITY ROYALS (-132)

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