La Dodgers vs Kansas City Royals Picks and Predictions June 16th 2024

LA Dodgers Dodgers vs Kansas City Royals MLB Sun, Jun 16, 16:10 pm.
LA Dodgers Dodgers
ML: -275
Kansas City Royals
ML: 220

Royals Look for Another Grand Performance vs. Dodgers

The Kansas City Royals are riding high after MJ Melendez’s grand slam and are aiming to clinch the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sunday’s finale. After a solid 7-2 victory on Saturday, the Royals are fired up and ready to keep the momentum going. With Drew Thorpe making his second major league start, Kansas City is poised for another standout performance.

Series Dynamics

MJ Melendez’s Breakout Performance

Epic At-Bat

MJ Melendez snapped out of a rough 4-for-41 slump with a grand slam in Saturday’s game. His 12-pitch battle against Blake Treinen, which included six foul-offs and a full count, ended with a powerful home run, showing his resilience and potential. This highlight reel moment was key in the Royals’ 7-2 win.

Manager and Teammate Praise

Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro praised Melendez’s determination and hard work. Teammate Vinnie Pasquantino also applauded Melendez’s grit during the at-bat, emphasizing its significance even if the outcome had been different.

Pitching Matchup

Drew Thorpe for the Royals

Drew Thorpe (0-0, 1.80 ERA) is set for his second major league start for Kansas City. Thorpe made a strong impression in his debut against Seattle, allowing just two runs (one earned) over five innings with four strikeouts. Manager Matt Quatraro highlighted Thorpe’s command and his effective use of secondary pitches.

Tyler Glasnow for the Dodgers

Tyler Glasnow (6-5, 3.24 ERA) will pitch for Los Angeles. Despite a recent losing streak, Glasnow has a solid track record against the Royals, with a 1-0 record and a 1.88 ERA in four starts. Glasnow needs to pitch deep into the game to ease the pressure on the Dodgers’ bullpen after Saturday’s heavy use.

Team Performances and Dynamics

Royals’ Momentum

The Royals are looking to build on their recent win, which saw their offense come alive with multiple hits and Melendez’s grand slam. Securing a series win would be a huge boost for the team.

Dodgers’ Challenges

The Dodgers have hit a rough patch offensively, scoring only nine runs in their past four games. Key players like Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani, and Freddie Freeman have had mixed performances in this series. Manager Dave Roberts remains confident in the lineup and is not considering changes at the top of the order.

Pitching Concerns

With Yoshinobu Yamamoto exiting early on Saturday due to triceps tightness, the Dodgers had to lean heavily on their bullpen. Glasnow’s ability to go deep into the game on Sunday will be crucial to give the bullpen some rest.


The series finale between the Royals and Dodgers is shaping up to be an exciting showdown. MJ Melendez’s breakout performance has given the Royals a big boost, while the Dodgers need to overcome their offensive struggles and pitching depth issues. The performances of starting pitchers Drew Thorpe and Tyler Glasnow will play a crucial role in determining the outcome of this closely contested series.

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